- Knew he wanted to be an actor after performing in a high-school production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
- Honed his acting skills as an apprentice at the Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York.
- Appeared as a regular on the short-lived ABC sitcom Goodtime Girls in 1980.
- Big break came later in 1980 when he was cast opposite Tom Hanks on Bosom Buddies.
- Played a wacky inventor in the 1997 TV version of the hit movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
- Reteamed with Tom Hanks on That Thing You Do!, From the Earth to the Moon and The Polar Express.
- Made his Broadway debut in Hairspray in 2003; later appeared on the Great White Way in Sly Fox and Magic/Bird.
- Is an accomplished juggler.
- 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
- 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Cathy Trien — Wife
- Cali Elizabeth Scolari — Daughter
- Arthur Scolari — Father
- Debra Steagal — Ex-wife
- Nicholas Scolari — Son
- Lisa Kretzschmar — Ex-wife
- Keaton Scott Scolari — Son
- Joseph Scolari — Son
- Barbara Scolari — Mother
- Attended Occidental College, Eaglerock, CA; attended City College of New York, New York, NY
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- Birth Place: New Rochelle, NY
- Profession: Actor
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