Peter Scolari Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in New Rochelle, New York, USA
Birth NamePeter Scolari
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Scolari was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Newhart (1982), The Polar Express (2004) and Bosom Buddies (1980). He has been married to Tracy Shayne since June 21, 2013. He was previously married to Cathy Trien, Debra Steagall and Lisa Kretzchmar.

Spouse (4)

Tracy Shayne (21 June 2013 - present)
Cathy Trien (11 September 1998 - 29 May 2004) (divorced) (2 children)
Debra Steagall (1986 - 1996) (divorced) (2 children)
Lisa Kretzchmar (1981 - 1983) (divorced)

Trivia (14)

Peter is an accomplished juggler and is skilled in circus arts.
Discovered acting at the age of 16 while performing in a high school production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Dreamed of being a professional baseball player but an elbow injury ended that dream.
Met future wife Cathy Trien in Boston, 1996, while performing in a production of "Grease".
Good friends with his Bosom Buddies (1980) co-star Tom Hanks and his Newhart (1982) co-star Julia Duffy.
His acting mentor was Bob Newhart.
Best known by the public for his role as Michael Harris on Newhart (1982) and for his starring role as Wayne Szalinski on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997).
Starring in Boeing, Boeing Playing Sept 20th - Nov 23rd, 2008 at Stage West Mississauga, Ontario. [October 2008]
Currently starring in the new off-Broadway comedy by Kenny Solms, "It Must Be Him". [September 2010]
He is of Italian descent.
Was originally not on the Emmy nominations list for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 (a category, which he ultimately won). He only became a nominee, when original nominee Peter MacNicol was disqualified, because he appeared in too many episodes of Veep (2012)'s fifth season and could no longer be categorized as "guest performer". Scolari, who won the next-highest number of votes without actually being nominated, was then moved up to be one of the six nominees.
Frequently plays golf with his good buddy Bob Newhart.
Credits Bob Newhart as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
After guest-starring in 2 episodes of Newhart (1982), in 1984, Scolari was brought in to replace Steven Kampmann, the following year.

Personal Quotes (9)

If Tom Hanks were willing to do it with me. I mean, I couldn't do it with anybody else!
[Who worked with other comedy mates all the while received training]: People I work with there saw a comedian in me. I'm still most at home with them.
[About "It Must Be Him" is more on the absurd side]: He's visited by his dead parents and occasionally breaks into song.
Unquestionably. I know no actors of my generation who haven't experienced it. We're coming up against our own resident pride and the frailty of ego. And sure, maybe that has something to do with why Kenny Solms and our director, Dan Kutner, sought me out to do this role. I think to some extent they just wanted me to bring life to the role, if not my life experience, but I have both. About a year after Bosom Buddies, I was suddenly a regular on Newhart, and I was there almost seven years. And then, somewhere in the mid-1990s, I ended up doing a TV series version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I thought at that time: 'Wow, what's going on here, this isn't a prime-time series, I'm not going to get Emmy-nominated for a show that airs at 5 in the afternoon.' It's all the hobgoblin of your mind telling you that you should have more, or that you'll never have what you had before. If I've gotten nowhere else, at least I've gotten over that hump of believing in my own hype. Now I believe in the importance of where it is that I'm sitting in my career.
[About Bob Newhart wanting him for a co-starring role Newhart (1982)]: So, Barry Kemp [I think] introduces me, and we have an actor who's in 'Bosom Buddies,' and Bob leans in, so that everyone can hear in a mock whisper, stage whisper, and he says, 'I told you to get the other guy!'
[Of Bob Newhart, who played Dick Loudin]: He mastered the craft of secrecy on the last episode of Newhart, where he hid Suzanne Pleshette from even the production staff.
[Of Bob Newhart]: Bob, this is a male story. It's like that male bonding kind of story, we play golf together, many, too many times, a terrible, terrible game. And he went to hit the three went off the muddy fairway, and beautiful golfer, beautiful swing, just electrifying thing in this rainstorm, and looked out for it, and didn't see him, he didn't see it anywhere because he had driven the ball directly into the button, hadn't left his. It's the point of disembarkation.
[When asked if there was any dirt about Bob Newhart, who played Dick Loudin]: No, there was no dirt on Bob Newhart, let's be very clear on that point. There's no dirt, he said, 'What?,' he said, 'What he did, what?' No, but there some things.
[As to how many Emmies both he and Bob Newhart had lost on Newhart (1982), before the two had finally won, decades later]: I don't know the exact #, but I think we lost, 20 Emmies over the years and Bob won, in this category [Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series], a couple years ago and you probably know, he told me earlier tonight, 'You can win one; if you're up to it.' He said, 'I've got one at home.' It was great to be in this category. It was some calming effect because somebody at it had been so meaningful in my life, such a mentor to me. If he were to win another one, tonight, I would've been fine with that.

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