Peter Thomas Scolari (born September 12, 1955) is an American television, film, and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Michael Harris, the hyperactive, scheming producer of Dick Loudon (played by Bob Newhart) on Newhart, a role he played from 1984 to 1990. After Newhart, he and Julia Duffy, who played his wife in the series have remained close friends. Before that, he played Henry Desmond in Bosom Buddies. After that sitcom, he and Tom Hanks, who played his best friend and roommate in the series have remained close friends. Scolari received three Emmy nominations for his work on Newhart and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as Tad Horvath on Girls in 2016.
|Born||Peter Thomas Scolari
September 12, 1955
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Tracy Shayne (2013–present)
Scolari was born in New Rochelle, New York on September 12, 1955.
Scolari's first ongoing role was in his first short-lived 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls, as the juggling neighbor of the title characters. He was then cast co-starring with then-unknown Tom Hanks, in another short-lived cult sitcom Bosom Buddies, as two young creative professionals who disguise themselves as women to get an affordable apartment in a women-only building. After Bosom Buddies was cancelled in 1982, and still struggling as an actor, Scolari joined the cast of Newhart, opposite Bob Newhart, in 1984, where he played Michael Harris, the yuppie local TV producer, until the series' conclusion in 1990. He remains close to Newhart, after the show's cancelation and are golf buddies.
Following central roles in the unsuccessful series Family Album and Dweebs, Scolari spent three seasons playing inventor Wayne Szalinski, a role originated on film by Rick Moranis, in the TV adaptation of the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. He later had a recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham's character on HBO's Girls.
Scolari has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Sly Fox, Hairspray, and Lucky Guy, which reunited him with his Bosom Buddies co-star Tom Hanks. Scolari also appeared Off Broadway in Old Man Joseph and His Family, The Exonerated, In the Wings, The Music Man, and White's Lies.
He was married to Debra Steagal, and later actress Cathy Trien, with whom he has two children. He married long-time girlfriend Tracy Shayne in June 2013.
|1978||Take Off||Kookie||Segment: "1950s"|
|1984||Rosebud Beach Hotel, TheThe Rosebud Beach Hotel||Elliot Garner|
|1986||Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures||Mr. Bill||Short film|
|1990||Corporate Affairs||Simon Tanner|
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Donald Himmel|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Troy Chesterfield|
|2004||Polar Express, TheThe Polar Express||Billy - Lonely Boy|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Pete Conrad (voice)||Documentary short|
|2006||Cathedral Pines||Father Mike McGary|
|2007||Suburban Girl||Mickey Lamm|
|2007||Plumm Summer, AA Plumm Summer||Agent Hardigan|
|1979||Wally Brown||Douglas Burdett||Unknown episode|
|1979||Angie||Kenny||Episode: "The Thief"|
|1980||Goodtime Girls||Benny Loman||13 episodes|
|1980–1982||Bosom Buddies||Henry Desmond / Hildegarde 'Hilde' Desmond||37 episodes|
|1982||Remington Steele||Albie Fervitz||Episode: "Steele Waters Run Deep"|
|1982||Missing Children: A Mother's Story||Woody||TV movie|
|1983||Carpool||Robert Duff||TV movie|
|1983||Happy Days||Jake||Episode: "May the Best Man Win"|
|1983||Baby Makes Five||Eddie Riddle||5 episodes|
|1984||Amazons||Dr. Jerry Menzies||TV movie|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Ted Caton||Episode: "A Gift"|
|1984–1990||Newhart||Michael Harris||142 episodes|
|1986||Hotel||Tom||Episode: "Shadows of Doubt: Part 1"|
|1986||Family Ties||Paul Kenter||Episode "Once in Love with Elyse"|
|1986||You Are the Jury||Stephen Best||Episode: "The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky|
|1986||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Frank Hobbs||Episode: "Dare Devil"|
|1986||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Wellington David Rothmeyer||2 episodes|
|1987||Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery||Chris Robinson||TV movie|
|1987||New Mike Hammer, TheThe New Mike Hammer||Andy Shales||Episode: "Green Blizzard"|
|1988||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Delos of Atlantis / Leonard Randall||Episode: "The Trance"|
|1989||CBS Summer Playhouse||Morgan||Episode: "Microchips"|
|1989||Trying Time||Howard LaMotta||Episode: "Death and Taxes"|
|1989||Ryan White Story, TheThe Ryan White Story||David Day||TV movie|
|1990||Encyclopedia Brown||Bandini||Episode: "The Case of the Incredible Culpepper"|
|1990||World's Greatest Magicians... At the Magic Castle||Unknown||TV movie|
|1991||Danger Team||Police Officer Shields||TV movie|
|1991||Fire: Trapped by the 37th Floor||Paul DeWitt||TV movie|
|1991||Perfect Harmony||Derek Sanders||TV movie|
|1991||Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin||David Katz||TV movie|
|1992||House on Sycamore Street, TheThe House on Sycamore Street||Dr. Zachary 'Zach' Drummond||TV movie|
|1992||Batman: The Animated Series||John Hamner (voice)||Episode: "Moon of the Wolf"|
|1992||Nurses||George Myrock||Episode: "Our Fred"|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Clerk||Episode: "I'll Be Waiting"|
|1993||Mommies, TheThe Mommies||Ken Ballantine||Episode: "Enter Ken"|
|1993||Family Album||Jonathan Lerner||6 episodes|
|1994||Burke's Law||Unknown||Episode: "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"|
|1994||Empty Nest||Dieter Dietz||Episode: "Brotherly Shove"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Stuart Hofferman||Episode: "The Source"|
|1994||Touched by an Angel||Charles Hibbard||Episode: "The Heart of the Matter"|
|1994||Dave's World||Fred||Episode: "Six Years Old and All Washed Up"|
|1995||Dave's World||Kenny's Boss||Episode: "Working Stiffs"|
|1995||Mommies, TheThe Mommies||Ken Ballantine||Episode: "I Do, I Do Again"|
|1995||A Whole New Ballgame||Glenn||2 episodes|
|1995||Batman: The Animated Series||The Shark / Gunther Hardwicke (voice)||Episode: "The Terrible Trio"|
|1995||Dweebs||Warren Mosbey||10 episodes|
|1995||Can't Hurry Love||Colin||Episode: "Three Blind Dates"|
|1995–1996||Gargoyles||Preston Vogel (voice)||5 episodes|
|1996||The Home Court||Kenyon Stanton||Episode: "Syd & Sensibility"|
|1996||Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show||Councilman Kemp||Episode: "What the Zoning Inspector Saw"|
|1996||Stop the World, I Want to Get Off||Littlechap||TV movie|
|1996||Talk to Me||Howard Grant||TV movie|
|1996||For Hope||Date #2 (uncredited)||TV movie|
|1997||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Brad (voice)||Episode: "From Brad to Worse"|
|1997||Nanny, TheThe Nanny||Leslie Tilbert||Episode: "The Bank Robbery"|
|1997||George & Leo||Dr. Michael Harris||Episode: "The Cameo Episode"|
|1997||Pinky and the Brain||Weird Guy (voice)||Episode: "Mice Don't Dance/Brain Drained"|
|1997–2000||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Wayne Szalinski / Various||66 episodes|
|1998||Pinky and the Brain||Mr. Perfect (voice)||Episode: "The Family That Poits Together, Narfs Together"|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Pete Conrad||Episode: "Can We Do This?"|
|1998||Hey Arnold!||Doug (voice)||Episode: "Stinky Goes Hollywood/Olga Gets Engaged"|
|2000||Ultimate Christmas Present, TheThe Ultimate Christmas Present||Edwin Hadley||TV movie|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Tim Albright||Episode: "Heaven's Portal"|
|2001||Ally McBeal||Hooley||Episode: "Nine One One"|
|2002||Reba||Parker Reynolds||Episode: "The Story of a Divorce"|
|2002||King of Queens, TheThe King of Queens||Ron||Episode: "No Orleans"|
|2002||ER||Kyle Evans||Episode: "Bygones"|
|2002||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||Antares C.E.O. Jake Kimball||Episode: "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"|
|2002||What I Like About You||Dad||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Prof. Higginson (voice)||Episode: "Scooby-Doo Christmas"|
|2003||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Ringmaster||Episode: "Cirque du Sabrina"|
|2005||Listen Up!||Andrew McKillop||2 episodes|
|2006||Big Love||Seminary Teacher||Episode: "Affair"|
|2006||American Dad!||Himself / Limo Driver (voice)||Episode: "Roger n' Me"|
|2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Ray Palmer / Atom (voice)||Episode: "Sword of the Atom!"|
|2012–2017||Girls||Tad Horvath||21 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2013||White Collar||Zimmer the Keymaster||Episode: "Brass Tacks"|
|2015||Gotham||Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb||5 episodes|
|2015||Chopped||Himself||Episode: "Tournament of Stars: Actors"|
|2016||Madoff||Peter Madoff||4 episodes|
- Deadline.com. "Peter Scolari Wins Guest Actor Comedy Series Emmy for Role as Lena Dunham's Dad". deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
- The Broadway League. "Internet Broadway Database". Ibdb.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "Internet Off-Broadway Database". Lortel.org. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- "Newlyweds enjoy roles in Broadway’s ‘Bronx Bombers’". Oneidadispatch.com. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- "Peter Scolari Marries Tracy Shayne, Tom Hanks Toasts Girls Actor - Us Weekly". usmagazine.com. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Ralph Macchio, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Kenny Loggins & Peter Scolari." Oprah: Where Are They Now? Exec Prod. Julie Simpson, Jill Van Lokern, and Jonathan Sinclair. Co-Exec. Prod. Heather Aldridge. CEO/Chief Creat. Off. Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey Network. 10 Jan. 2014.