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Peter Scolari Biography

Birth Place:
New Rochelle, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Cali Elizabeth Scolari -- Daughter
  • Debra Steagal -- Ex-wife
  • Lisa Kretzschmar -- Ex-wife
  • Arthur Scolari -- Father
  • Barbara Scolari -- Mother
  • Joseph Scolari -- Son
  • Keaton Scott Scolari -- Son
  • Nicholas Scolari -- Son
  • Cathy Trien -- Wife