Dr. Peter Benton is a fictional character and surgeon for the first eight seasons of ER.

Peter Benton
The Gift
Key information
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Born 1965
Occupation Surgeon
Specialty General Surgery
Family Mae Benton (mother, deceased)
Jackie Robbins (sister)
Walter Robbins (brother-in-law)
Jessie Robbins (nephew, deceased)
Joanie Robbins (niece)
Steven Robbins (nephew)
Spouse Cleo Finch (wife)
Children Reese Benton (son, from Carla Reese)
Behind the scenes
Portrayer: Eriq La Salle
Episode 171
First episode 24 Hours
Last episode And in the End...

Character BiographyEdit

Peter Benton in the first few seasons is portrayed as a goal-oriented arrogant surgeon. He, at times, portrays an abrasive personality; shown repeatedly throughout treatment of interns and co-workers. He is typically ambitious but remains loyal as a mentor, friend, and strong advocate to John Carter following Carter's addiction to pain meds.

Peter Benton has a son, Reese, who was born premature, resulting in acute hearing loss. During a custody dispute with Reese’s mother, Carla, Peter learns Reese may not be his, but opts against a DNA test. Following Carla’s death, Peter battles for custody again with Reese’s stepfather, Roger. It is at this point Peter learns he is not Reese’s biological father. Nonetheless, Peter eventually wins custody but must cut back his working hours. When Romano cannot fulfill the request, Peter leaves the Cook County hospital.