Peter Scolari

Birth Place: New Rochelle, NY, USA

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Peter Scolari BIO

TV: Emmy Award winner for "Newhart," also "Bosom Buddies," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "The West Wing," "ER," "Family Ties," "King of Queens," "The Nanny," "Reba," "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" (Showtime), recurring role as Lena Durham's father on HBO's series "Girls." Film: The Polar Express, That Thing You Do, Camp Nowhere, A Plumm Summer. Broadway/NY: Magic/Bird, Hairspray, Sly Fox, Out of this World and Ziegfeld Follies of 1937 (City Center Encores!). World premieres of Daniel Sullivan's Inspecting Carol and Ken Ludwig's Fox on the Fairway. Winner, Berkshire Theatre Festival Best Actor Award for The Foreigner.

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The New Group World Premiere, 2018
Peter Noonan

Women's Project Theater Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Robert [Replacement]

Broadway Transfer, 2014

Original Broadway Production, 2013
Michael Daly

Original Broadway Production, 2012

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2010


Broadway Revival, 2004
The Chief of Police

Lawyer Craven (Understudy)

Abner Truckle (Understudy)

Original Broadway Production, 2003
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 2002
Wilbur Turnblad [Replacement]

Wilbur Turnblad [Replacement]

Encores! Concert, 1999
Roles originated by Bob Hope

Encores! Concert, 1995

Herald/ Boy/ Milo/ Groom/ Jesus

Peter Scolari Movies

[1984]The Rosebud Beach Hotel Elliot

[1990]Corporate Affairs Simon Tanner

[1993]Ticks Charles Danson

[1994]Camp Nowhere Donald Himmel

[1996]That Thing You Do! Troy Chesterfield

[2002]Sorority Boys Louis

[2004]The Polar Express Billy - Lonely Boy

[2006]Cathedral Pines Father Mike McGary

[2006]Mentor Jonathan Parks

[2007]A Plumm Summer Agent Hardigan

[2007]Suburban Girl Mickey Lamm

[2012]Letting Go Bill

[2016]Dean Patrick

[2018]All You Can Eat Dr. Zukreski

[2019]The Social Ones Stephen Schpelnick

[2020]Looks That Kill Paul

Peter Scolari TV Shows

Batman: The Animated Series The Shark, Gunther Hardwicke, John Hamner

Bosom Buddies Henry Desmond, Hildegarde 'Hilde' Desmond

Dave's World Kenny's Boss, Fred

Evil Bishop Thomas Marx

Gargoyles Preston Vogel

Girls Tad Horvath

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Wayne Szalinski

Newhart Michael Harris

Touched by an Angel Tim Albright, Charles Hibbard

Peter Scolari Videos

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Exclusive: Oh My Pod U Guys- Christine Dwyer Made Me Punch a Light Bulb

Christine Dwyer shares about her experience moving up through the ranks of the touring company of Wicked to eventually play the leading role on Broadway, and how difficult the audition process can be. We talk about our shared experience of having attended The Hartt School for college in Connecticut, and making the leap to a life in NYC.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld September 12th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is September 12, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours: 

Lauren Samuels, Patrick Ortiz, Norman Large & More to Lead FOR A MOMENT IN TIME at the Garry Marshall Theater

'For a Moment in Time' will have a debut reading for producers on March 17 at the Garry Marshall Theater in Burbank, California.

Recap the Works of Sharr White on Stage and Screen

This winter, three of the theatre's most inventive, inspired and award-winning artists bring to vivid theatrical life a comic and dramatic portrait of a mother, a father and the son who photographed their lives. Pictures From Home marks Sharr White's third Broadway play, but his writing credits don't stop there. Recap his previous work here!

PICTURES FROM HOME Box Office to Open Next Week

Celebrate the laughter and joy of the holidays with a special box office opening of Pictures From Home beginning Monday, December 19 at Studio 54 on Broadway, coinciding with the beginning of Hanukkah.     

Sacred Heart University Community Theatre Presents December Films

The SHU Community Theatre presents a month of film programming in December. This month's highlights include sing-along screenings of Disney's Frozen and Frozen II on Dec. 30, and a Q&A with the filmmaker of Santaman, after the Dec. 18, screening of the new holiday film.

Tickets Now On Sale for PICTURES FROM HOME Starring Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker

Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Pictures From Home. Three of the theatre’s most inventive, inspired and award-winning artists will return to the stage, bringing to vivid theatrical life a comic and dramatic portrait of a mother, a father and the son who photographed their lives.

Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker Will Lead PICTURES FROM HOME on Broadway Next Year

Pictures From Home is headed to Broadway in 2023 starring  Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker and staged by award-winning director Bartlett Sher. Learn more about the play and how to purchase tickets here!

Review Roundup: MRS. DOUBTFIRE Opens on Broadway

Mrs. Doubtfire, the new musical comedy, officially opened on Broadway tonight, December 5, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 W 43rd St). Check out what the critics are saying!

VIDEO: Tom Hanks Opens Up About Peter Scolari's Passing on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Tom Hanks appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night discuss is new film The Finch. In the interview, he opened up about his friendship with the late Peter Scolari, discussing the beginning of their friendship while filming 'Bosom Buddies', revealing that they were 'molecularly connected' on set.

Emmy-Winner Peter Scolari Passes Away at 66

Peter Scolari's Broadway credits included The Wizard in Wicked, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Yogi in Bronx Bombers, and Michael Daly in Lucky Guy. He was also seen in Magic/Bird, Sly Fox, and Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 at Encores! City Center. He is also known for his Emmy winning performance in Girls,  Newhart, Bosom Buddies, and Fosse/Verdon.

Susan Derry Will Bring INGENUE YOU WHEN to Feinstein's/54 Below Next Month

Susan Derry of Broadway's Wonderful Town, The Phantom of the Opera, and more Encores! than you can count, makes her Feinstein's/54 Below debut with “Ingenue You When,” an evening of sparkling classics remixed for the daring, dazzling woman she's become.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 1- Tom Hanks Makes His Broadway Debut In Nora Ephron's LUCKY GUY

On this day in 2013, Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks made his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy, written by Nora Ephron and directed by George C. Wolfe. 

BWW Feature: THE SHOW MUST GO ON(LINE)! at Penguin Repertory Theatre

STONY POINT, NY - NOVEMBER 16, 2020 - 'As theatres remain dark, Penguin Rep remains committed to making art and to connecting with our community,' says founding artistic director Joe Brancato. 'As we grapple with a way to tell stories given the continued closure of theatres, we are inspired by other challenging periods in history when Americans were distant but connected, and excited by the idea of working with different medium.'

Brian Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Andre De Shields and More Join Penguin Rep's KEEPING LIVE THEATRE ALIVE

Tony and Emmy Award-winners Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk, The Band's Visit) are among the stellar performers being brought to you by Penguin Rep Theatre as part of the exciting, innovative Keeping Live Theatre Alive! initiative. 

Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, August 24- with Mandy Gonzalez, Sutton Foster, and More!

Today (August 24) in live streaming: Broadway orchestrators unite, Rachel Bay Jones sings with Seth Rudetsky, and so much more!

New Jersey Local and Regional Theaters Form #Theatre5Alliance

Five theater organizations today announced the formation of the #theatre5alliance to bring the arts to people's homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive and thriving. 

Judith Light, Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf and More Join #theatre5alliance Project

Five theater organizations today announced the formation of the #theatre5alliance to bring the arts to people's homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive and thriving.   

Julie Andrews, Euan Morton, Q. Smith and Peter Scolari Featured on Remaining Episodes of BACKSTAGE WITH MMD

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is announcing the online interview series Backstage with MMD: Random Notes & Anecdotes From Productions Directed By Marcia Milgrom Dodge is now half-finished, with only four episodes remaining. 

Virtual Theatre Today: Thursday, July 16- with Julianne Moore, George Takei & More!

Today (July 16) in live streaming: Broadway barks is back, MCC presents Good As New, and so much more!


Peter Scolari has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Peter Scolari has not appeared in the West End

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