Peter Paige (born June 20, 1969) is an American actor, director and screenwriter. His debut as director and writer was on the film Say Uncle.

Peter Paige
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Paige in 2008
Peter Michael Paige

(1969-06-20) June 20, 1969 (age 52)
Alma materBoston University
OccupationActor, director, writer, producer
Years active1996–present

Early life and educationEdit

Paige was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Boston University School of Theatre with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree summa cum laude.[1]


Best known for his role as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime's hit series Queer as Folk, Paige's other television credits include Will & Grace, Time of Your Life, Girlfriends, Caroline in the City, American Dad!, Related, Grey's Anatomy, The Closer and Without a Trace. His first audition in Los Angeles earned him a guest-starring role on Suddenly Susan.

Paige spent summer 2004 starring in his feature directorial debut, Say Uncle, alongside Kathy Najimy, Anthony Clark, Melanie Lynskey, Lisa Edelstein and Gabrielle Union. Other film credits include Don McKellar's Childstar with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Dave Foley, Showtime's Our America (which debuted at Sundance in 2002), indie Pop and the award-winning shorts The Four of Us and The Shooting.

An accomplished stage actor, Paige has appeared at major regional theatres throughout the country, most notably in world premieres at La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, and Playwrights Horizons. He has performed nearly every genre of play, from the Greeks to Shakespeare to contemporary American work. Plays on his resume include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Rivals, Secret Agents, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Pantophobia, his two-man show written and performed with Abraham Higginbotham.

On February 6, 2013, it was announced that The Fosters, a show that Paige created along with Bradley Bredeweg, and produced by Jennifer Lopez and through production company, Nuyorican Productions was picked up by the ABC Family. The series follows the lives of the Foster family, an interracial lesbian couple who are married and raising biological and adoptive children together.[2][3] The series began airing on June 3, 2013.[4] On January 10, 2017, the network announced a fifth season was picked up.[5]

In 2020, Paige made a guest appearance on Station 19 (a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy).

In 2019, Paige wrote and directed the television film The Thing About Harry, which premiered on Freeform in 2020.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Paige is openly gay.[7]



Title Year Role Notes
1998 The Shooting Short film
1999 Pop Nick
The Joyriders Family Restaurant Waiter
2001 The Four of Us Scott Short film
2004 Childstar Tim
2005 Say Uncle Paul Johnson Writer, director, producer
2007 Ping Pong Playa Gerald Harcourt
2008 Leaving Barstow The DJ Director
2012 Groom's Cake Scott Green Short film
2012 Annie and the Gypsy Roger
2013 Birthday Cake Scott Green
2016 Divorce: The Greatest Hits Todd Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Nowhere Man Recruit #4 Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
1997 Suddenly Susan Neil Pomerantz Episode: "Next Stop, Heaven"
1998 Caroline in the City Robert Episode: "Caroline and the Paper Chase"
1999 Undressed Kirk 5 episodes
Will & Grace Roger O'Neil Episode: "Whose Mom Is It Anyway?"
2000 Movie Stars Nick Episode: "He's Reese. He's Here. Get Used to It."
Time of Your Life Assistant Episode: "The Time They Cheated"
2002 Our America Gary Covino Television film
Girlfriends Zellner Episode: "Star Craving Mad"
2000–05 Queer as Folk Emmett Honeycutt Main role (83 episodes)
2005–06 Related Patrick 4 episodes
2006 Grey's Anatomy Benjamin O'Leary Episode: "I Am a Tree"
2006–10 American Dad! Jason (voice) / Various Guys (voice) 4 episodes
2007 Without a Trace Lucas Blumenthal Episode: "Primed"
2007–09 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Steve Ball Main role (14 episodes)
2009 CSI: Miami Glenn Wagner Episode: "Divorce Party"
Raising the Bar Sean Graydon Episode: "The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button"
2010 Fly Girls N/A Creator, co-executive producer
2010 The Closer Ricky Episode: "Old Money"
2011 Bones Darren Hargrove Episode: "The Bikini in the Soup"
2013–18 The Fosters N/A Creator, director, writer, executive producer
2015 Tut N/A Writer
2018 Where the Bears Are Temperamental Choreographer / Bentley 6 episodes
2019–present Good Trouble N/A Creator, director, writer, executive producer
2020 The Thing About Harry Casey Television film; Director, screenwriter, producer
2020 Station 19 Cooper Episode: "Bad Guy"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2002 "Some Lovin'" Murk vs Kristine W Director
2019 "No More!" Tonality Director


Off Broadway (partial credits)Edit

  • High Concepts (with Robert Sean Leonard) --- Malaparte --- John Ruocco
  • Somebody --- Playwrights Horizon --- Yana Landowne
  • Eastern Standard --- Equator --- Easley
  • Landscape of the Body --- Judith Anderson --- Lisa Goldsmith
  • Tartuffe --- Biggs/Rosatti --- Alison Laslett


  • The History Boys --- The Ahmanson Theatre --- Tom Irwin
  • Eden Lane (World Premiere) --- La Jolla Playhouse --- Des McAnuff
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream --- Portland Center Stage --- Elizabeth Huddle
  • Pantophobia --- HBO Workspace --- Luke Yankee
  • Twisted --- The Lex --- Jesse Carmichael
  • The Rivals --- Portland Center Stage --- Elizabeth Huddle
  • Blue Window --- Edinburgh Theatre Festival --- Richard Seer/Eve Muson
  • Secret Agents (Premiere) --- Artemis Productions --- Beth Harper
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown --- Charles Playhouse --- John Ruocco
  • Twelfth Night --- Huntington Theatre --- Robert Morgan


  1. ^ Peter Paige Is an Open Book by Mike Ricci, October 11, 2006
  2. ^ Lash, Jolie (6 February 2013). "Jennifer Lopez-Produced Show — The Fosters — Picked Up By ABC Family". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ Snarker, Dorothy (6 February 2013). "Two mom family drama "The Fosters" gets picked up". Archived from the original on 15 June 2013.
  4. ^ Surette, Tim (15 April 2015). "ABC Family Sets Summer Premiere Dates for Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Melissa & Joey, and More". Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ Holloway, Daniel (January 10, 2017). "'The Fosters' Renewed for Season 5 by Freeform". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Danielle Turchiano, "Peter Paige on Writing Titular ‘The Thing About Harry’ Character as Pansexual". Variety, February 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "The full Paige". 2 June 2001.

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