Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth1.53 billion USD, $2.5 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 17, 1951
SpouseMark Pierson
MarkDouble entendre sense of humor
FactIs a huge fan of Vincent Price, Edward D. Wood Jr. and Roger Corman.

Gunnar Peterson (born October 15, 1958) is an American personal trainer, celebrity trainer, and author. He is best known for his work with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone, and Matthew McConaughey.

Peterson was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in Malibu. His father was a doctor and his mother was a nurse. He has two older sisters. Peterson was a talented athlete in his youth, playing football and baseball in high school. He also competed in track and field, and was a member of the Junior National Team in the decathlon.

Peterson attended the University of California, Los Angeles on an athletic scholarship, but injuries ended his athletic career. He graduated with a degree in kinesiology.

After college, Peterson began working as a personal trainer. He soon began working with celebrities, and has since worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He is known for his intense training methods, which have helped his clients achieve amazing results.

Peterson has also authored several books on fitness and nutrition. His most recent book, The Gunnar Method, was published in 2016.

Peterson is married to former model Lisa Gleave. The couple has three children together.

Peterson has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Net Worth1.53 billion USD, $2.5 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 17, 1951
Height1.7 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Presenter, Activist, Voice Actor, Showgirl, Singer
EducationGeneral William J. Palmer High School


SpouseMark Pierson
ChildrenSadie Pierson
ParentsDale Peterson


MoviesElvira: Mistress of the Dark, The Working Girls, Elvira's Haunted Hills, Stroker Ace, All About Evil, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, Encounter in the Third Dimension, Roma, Full Moon of the Virgin...
TV ShowsThe Search for the Next Elvira, Elvira's Movie Macabre, RuPaul's Drag Race

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#Marks / Signs
1Seductive deep voice
2Double entendre sense of humor
3Curvaceous, buxom figure
4Sparkling blue eyes
5Strawberry blonde hair
6As Elvira: Beauty mark (mole) under her right eye, black dress with the plunging neckline and slit on the right side, ruby ring, snake-shapped earrings, black fingernails, black pumps, the dagger she stores on her belt, and her bouffant hairstyle.


1What's rather ironic is that the Oak Ridge Boys wrote a song about me, yet we've never opened for each other. We really should, one of these days!
2[In 2014, on Elvis Presley giving her some advice] He is one hundred percent responsible for me getting out of Vegas and going on with my career. Elvis said to me, "You don't want to stay here. This is not a town you should be in." And I don't think if that would've come from anybody but Elvis, I would've done it.
3[In 2014, on her dream date with Elvis Presley] I was a big groupie. I loved music. I got to realize the dream of actually meeting Elvis and actually going out on a date with Elvis, so that was a dream come true for me. There was a lot of making out going on. We had a great time.
4[on her career before she landed her "Elvira" job in 1981] I was your typical struggling actress. I went to every audition, took a million acting, dancing and singing lessons, and spent years wondering where my next meal was coming from.
5[In 1998, reacting to being told that Monica Lewinsky liked to compare herself to Elvira] At least, I get my little black dress cleaned once in a while.


1Has one daughter: Sadie Pierson (born 1991).
2Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2012, as her character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
3Auditioned for the role of Ginger Grant in the third "Gilligan's Island" television movie (1981).
4She was the stripper in the background on the cover of Tom Waits 1976 album "Small Change".
5Malia Nurni, the original Maila Nurmi, once sued her for stealing her character without consulting her.
6Although she has appeared in nude layouts, she has never appeared nude as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
7Has hosted the Halloween themed amusement park Knott's Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, from 1982 - 2001.
8Was scalded by boiling water when she was five years old. Underwent 17 skin grafting operations over the course of her childhood to repair the scar tissue. Now covers some of her remaining scars (around neck and shoulders) with make-up or clothing.
9In 2002, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to International Game Technologies for use in an Elvira-themed video slot machine.
10In 1996, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the pinball game "Scared Stiff".
11In 1989, she licensed the name and likeness of Elvira to Midway Manufacturing (a division of WMS Gaming) for the pinball game "Elvira and the Party Monsters".
12Former member of the improvisational comedy group The Groundlings.
13Once was a complete vegetarian, now eats dairy plus chicken and fish.
14Attended and graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1969).
15Is a huge fan of Vincent Price, Edward D. Wood Jr. and Roger Corman.
16The Pentagon named a Stealth computer system "Elvira" inspired by her.
17Owns a production company in Los Angeles called Queen B Productions. She merchandises Elvira products.
18Ranked #1 of Sci-Fi's Sexiest B-Queens, by Femme Fatales magazine (1997).
19Her favorite movies are Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978).
20Is the first woman who did a music video in 3D ("Superstition").
21Is a strong supporter of gay rights and animal rights.
22Was close friends with Vincent Price.




Lego Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood2016VideoDrella Diabolique (voice)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2013-2016TV SeriesMs. Campbell / Utrom Queen / Computer Voice
13 Nights of Elvira2014TV SeriesElvira / Elvira - Mistress of the Dark
Vault of the Macabre2014ShortElvira - Narrator
First Period2013Ms. Glenn
Bruno & Earlene Go to Vegas2013Artie Duke
Written by a Kid2013TV SeriesMother
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesElvira
Last Man Standing2011TV SeriesElvira
Elvira's Movie Macabre2010-2011TV SeriesElvira / Elvira (as Elvira)
All About Evil2010Linda
Medium2009TV SeriesAllison Dubois
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto2009VideoAmber (voice)
The Scream2009VideoElvira
Zombie Killer2008ShortElvira (voice)
Her Morbid Desires2008VideoElvira
Pain2007Video GameElvira (voice)
The Search for the Next Elvira2007TV SeriesElvira
The Girls Next Door2006TV SeriesElvira - Mistress of the Dark
Tomoko's Kitchen2006ShortMary Mulders
Red Riding Hood2006Hunter's Mom
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!2005TV SeriesSeverina
Scares & Dares2001TV MovieElvira
Elvira's Haunted Hills2001Elvira, Mistress of the Dark / Lady Elura Hellsubus (as Elvira)
Encounter in the Third Dimension1999ShortElvira, Mistress of the Dark (as Elvira)
The RuPaul Show1998TV SeriesElvira
Nash Bridges1997TV SeriesFrankie
The Anti Gravity Room1996TV SeriesElvira
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1996TV SeriesElvira
Strange Universe1996TV SeriesElvira
It's My Party1996Party Guest (uncredited)
Attack of the Killer B-Movies1995TV MovieElvira
The Elvira Show1993TV SeriesElvira, Mistress of the Dark
Acting on Impulse1993TV MovieRoxy
Ring of the Musketeers1992TV MovieJennifer (as Cassandra Petersen)
The Ketchup Vampires1992TV SeriesElvira
Parker Lewis Can't Lose1992TV SeriesElvira, Mistress of the Dark
Ted & Venus1991Lisa
Heavy Metal Heaven1990TV SeriesElvira
Elvira's Thriller Theatre1989-1990TV SeriesElvira
Totally Hidden Video1989TV SeriesElvira
On the Television1989TV SeriesVarious
Just Say Julie1989TV SeriesElvira
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark1988Elvira (as Elvira)
Saturday Night Live1987TV SeriesElvira
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold1986Queen Sorais
Elvira's Halloween Special1986TV MovieElvira
WrestleMania 21986TV MovieElvira
The Fall Guy1984-1985TV SeriesElvira
Echo Park1985Sheri
Pee-wee's Big Adventure1985Biker Mama
Movie Macabre1981-1985TV SeriesElvira
Bob Hope Lampoons Television1985TV MovieElvira
Get Out of My Room1985Elvira (segment "Born in East L.A.") (as Elvira)
Uncensored1984VideoSkit characters
Last of the Great Survivors1984TV MovieElvira
Fantasy Island1978-1983TV SeriesEsther / Ptatateetah
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesJudy
The Richard Simmons Show1983TV SeriesElvira
Balboa1983Angie Stoddard
Stroker Ace1983Girl with Lugs
Alice1983TV SeriesMonique
CHiPs1982-1983TV SeriesElvira
The Sting II1983O'Malley's Girl
The Paragon of Comedy1983TV Movie
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again1982Busty Nurse
Harper Valley P.T.A.1982TV SeriesRed Head
Open All Night1982TV SeriesTaffy
King of the Mountain1981Neighbor
Coast to Coast1980Dinner Party Guest
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie1980Hostage (Groundling)
Beyond Westworld1980TV SeriesDance Hall Girl
Happy Days1979TV SeriesGirl
Flying High1979TV SeriesSexy hooker
The Working Girls1974Katya


13 Nights of Elvira2014TV Series producer
Elvira's Movie MacabreTV Series executive producer - 20 episodes, 2010 - 2011 producer - 18 episodes, 2010 - 2011
The Search for the Next Elvira2007TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Elvira Show1993TV Series producer
Movie Macabre1981-1984TV Series associate producer - 7 episodes


13 Nights of Elvira2014TV Series additional material
Elvira's Movie MacabreTV Series 10 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 10 episodes, 2010 - 2011
Elvira's Haunted Hills2001character / written by
Attack of the Killer B-Movies1995TV Movie special material
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark1988written by
Elvira's Halloween Special1986TV Movie
Elvira's MTV Halloween Party1984TV Movie co-writer
Movie Macabre1983TV Series writer - 1 episode


Elvira's Movie MacabreTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Elvira's Haunted Hills2001performer: "Le Music Hall" - as Elvira
Encounter in the Third Dimension1999Short performer: "Haunted House" - as Elvira
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark1988performer: "Elvira Rap" - uncredited / performer: "Here I Am" - as Elvira
Happy Days1979TV Series performer - 1 episode


Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014Documentary our deepest appreciation
Found2012/IIIspecial thanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
Something to Scream About2003Video documentary thanks
Bride of Monster Mania2000TV Movie documentary special thanks
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania1999TV Movie documentary special thanks
Changing Minds, Changing Times1991Documentary short special thanks


To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story2016Documentary post-productionHerself
Halloween Wars2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
All Access Pass2016TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Close-Up2016TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
Why We (Heart) Vampires2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Face Off2013TV SeriesElvira - Guest Judge
Rewind This!2013DocumentaryHerself - Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Home & Family2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Counting Cars2012TV SeriesHerself
Cocktails with Stan2012TV SeriesHerself
Inside Horror2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Celebrity Ghost Stories2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHerself
This Week in Horror2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Idol2011TV SeriesElvira - Audience Member
Let's Spend the Night Together2010DocumentaryHerself
Oddities2010TV SeriesHerself
Arias with a Twist2010DocumentaryHerself
The Secret World of Superfans2008DocumentaryHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2007TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea Lately2007TV SeriesHerself - Round Table
The Return of the Living Dead: The Decade of Darkness2007Video documentary shortHerself
Vampira: The Movie2006Video documentaryHerself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
Living in TV Land2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The Witch's Dungeon: 40 Years of Chills2006Video documentaryHerself
I Love the Holidays2005TV Special documentaryHerself / Elvira
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHerself / Elvira
Playboy: Hef's Halloween Spooktacular2005Video documentaryHerself - Hostess (as Elvira)
Monsterama: A Tribute to Horror Hosts2004TV MovieHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHostess
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures2004TV MovieHerself - Host (as Elvira)
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesElvira
Hollywood Squares2000-2002TV SeriesElvira
The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and Priscilla2002Video documentaryHerself
Bride of Monster Mania2000TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Elvira)
68th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade1999TV SpecialHerself / Elvira
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania1999TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Elvira)
Strange Universe: Aliens Are Proof1998Video documentaryHerself
Better Homes and Gardens1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The Gayle King Show1998TV SeriesHerself
Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun1997Documentary shortHerself (as Elvira)
Monster Mania1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Elvira)
Dear God1996Herself (uncredited)
The Newlywed Game1996TV SeriesElvira
Ricki Lake1996TV SeriesElvira
NFL Monday Night Football1988-1996TV SeriesElvira
The 9th Annual Genesis Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Spooky World1994Video documentary shortHerself
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies1992TV Movie documentaryElvira
Hulkamania 61991VideoHerself (as Elvira)
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1991TV SeriesElvira
The Horror Hall of Fame II1991TV MovieHerself - Presenter (as Elvira)
Thirtysomething1990TV SeriesHerself
Heavy Metal Heaven1990TV SeriesHerself - Host
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!1989TV SeriesHerself
After Hours1989TV SeriesElvira
The Magical World of Disney1988TV SpecialElvira
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors1986Video documentaryHerself (as Elvira)
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter (as Elvira)
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHerself (as Elvira)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1982-1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Super Bloopers and Pratical Jokes1985TV SeriesElvira
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialElvira, Mistress of the Dark
Elvira's MTV Halloween Party1984TV MovieHerself - Host (as Elvira)
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Life's Most Embarrassing Moments1984TV SeriesElvira
Filmgore1983Video documentaryElvira
Thicke of the Night1983TV SeriesElvira
Real People1983TV SeriesElvira
Counterattack: Crime in America1982TV Series documentaryBlackjack Dealer

Archive Footage

Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Die Nacht der lebenden Idioten2016ShortTV Host Elvira (Mistress Of The Dark)
The Professor's Scary Movie Show2015TV SeriesHerself / Elvira
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHerself
The Pinball Arcade2012Video GameElvira (segmet 'Elvira and the Party Monsters' 'Scared Stiff')
American Scary2006DocumentaryElvira
Saturday Night's Main Event1986TV SeriesElvira
The Best of Sex and Violence1982Documentary uncredited
Famous T & A1982Video documentaryKatya


Won Awards

2001Spirit of Silver Lake AwardLos Angeles Silver Lake Film Festival

Nominated Awards

1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressElvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressElvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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