Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964) is an American actor, film director, producer and writer. He is known for directing films such as Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Rundown, Hancock, and Battleship. He is highly regarded for developing the television series Friday Night Lights, based on the film of the same name which he also directed. In his more recent career, he has worked to bring to the big screen true stories of ordinary Americans placed into extraordinary situations (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day). As an actor, he is best known for his role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the 1990s-era CBS medical drama Chicago Hope.