Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari
Born (1955-09-12) September 12, 1955
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Tracy Shayne (2013–present)
Children 2

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 Loudin (played by Bob Newhart) on Newhart, a role he played from 1984 to 1990. During and after Newhart, he and Julia Duffy, who played his wife in the series have remained close friends. He later went on play the lead role of father Wayne Szalinski in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. 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.[1]


Scolari 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,[2] 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.[3]

In 1996, Scolari starred in a version of the stage musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off produced for the A&E television network.

In 2014, Scolari portrayed Yogi Berra in Bronx Bombers. His wife Tracey Shayne played Berra's wife Carmen.[4] He is currently playing the part of The Wizard in Wicked the musical.

Personal life

He was married to Debra Steagal, and later Cathy Trien, with whom he has two children.[5] He married long-time girlfriend Tracy Shayne in June 2013.

A 2014 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? brought up Scolari's substance abuse and his struggle with bipolar disorder.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1993 Ticks Charles Danson Video
1994 Camp Nowhere Donald Himmel
1996 That Thing You Do! Troy Chesterfield
2002 Sorority Boys Louis
2004 Polar Express, TheThe Polar Express Billy - Lonely Boy
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Pete Conrad (voice) Documentary short
2006 Mentor Jonathan Parks
2006 Cathedral Pines Father Mike McGary
2007 Suburban Girl Mickey Lamm
2007 Plumm Summer, AA Plumm Summer Agent Hardigan
2012 Letting Go Bill


Year Title Role Notes
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
1986 Fresno Waiter TV movie
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–present Girls Tad Horvath 18 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


  1. "Peter Scolari Wins Guest Actor Comedy Series Emmy for Role as Lena Dunham's Dad". Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  2. The Broadway League. "Internet Broadway Database". Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  3. "Internet Off-Broadway Database". Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  4. "Newlyweds enjoy roles in Broadway's 'Bronx Bombers'". Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  5. "Peter Scolari Marries Tracy Shayne, Tom Hanks Toasts Girls Actor - Us Weekly". 4 October 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  6. "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.
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