Sometimes stubble makes the man. Peter Horton lent his for four seasons to Gary, thirtysomething
's loveable basset hound, but he can't bring himself to bury it with the character. "It's a self-image I sort of like to dawdle in and rummage around in." he reflects. "I suppose on some level it's me trying to prove to myself I'm not just a shallow WASP—that I actually do have substance." Formerly married to Michelle Pfeiffer ("We really are a lot closer [now] in some ways"), Horton more recently has been seeing model Jean Pelton. Even before Gary's demise, the actor began to migrate toward directing. "I like creating a vision, pulling together all the elements," he says. "It's akin to being in the woods when I was a kid creating little worlds of G.I. Joe and tree forts." He adds, "Being in front of the camera has always been a battle for me. My tenancy is to try to hide from the camera. But I hope I can keep both going. John Huston's my paradigm. If I could play a relatively small role in Chinatown
but at the same time direct great films, I would have it made."