Peter Halley’s father was of a German-Austrian origin and his mother had Polish roots.
Peter Halley was born on September 24, 1953, in New York City, New York, United States. He is a son of Rudolph Halley, a lawyer and politician, and Janice Halley, a nurse.
Halley’s father was an active person in the political life of the United States – he worked as a chief prosecutor for the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, an assistant to the wartime Truman Committee and had presided the New York City Council from 1951 to 1953. He died when Peter was three years old.
Peter Halley also has such notable relatives as his first cousin Carl Solomon who has become an inspiration of the epic poem ‘Howl’ by Allen Ginsberg. The artist’s great aunt and uncle, Rose and A.A. Wyn, worked in the American publishing agency called Ace Books and published Ace Comics (1940-1956) and Ace Books (1952-1973).