• Peter Scolari is an accomplished juggler and actor-director who was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York.
• He has been married four times, and has four children.
• He earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 for his role in Girls.
• He has appeared in 16 movies, 100+ TV shows, and several Broadway productions.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $2 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 12, 1955
SpouseTracy Shayne, Debra Steagal, Lisa Kretzschmar.
FactHis acting mentor was Bob Newhart.

The Story of an Accomplished Juggler

Peter Scolari, a circus arts expert and an accomplished juggler turned actor-director, was born on the 12th September 1955, in New Rochelle, New York State, USA, so his zodiac sign is Virgo.. He was recognized by being a nominee for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1987 for playing the role of Michael Harris in “Newhart”. In 2016, he finally got a Primetime Emmy Award, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series as he played the role of Tad Horvath in “Girls”.

Peter Scolari

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Meet the Wives

Peter has married four times and divorced three – his first wife was Lisa Kretzchmarr for just two years (1981-1983); they had no children which made their divorce a lot easier. After three years, he married Debra Steagall and they had two children. In 1996 after ten years of being together, Peter and Debra divorced. While performing in the production of “Grease” in Boston, Peter met his future third wife, Cathy Trien, and they married on 12 October 1998. They had two children but divorced in 2004.

It took almost a decade for Peter to finally marry again, in 2013 to Tracy Shayne – they are still together, without children.

And The Children

Peter has three sons and a daughter namely Joseph, Keaton Scott, Nicholas and Cali Elizabeth Scolari. Many are intrigued on who will become like their father in the future, but until now his children are enjoying their private lives.


Scolari studied college in Occidental College, Eaglerock, California, and also went to City College of New York.

Peter Scolari

Health Issues

There was a period of time when Scolari indulged in substance abuse. This was brought up during his guesting in “Oprah: Where are They Now?” in 2014. He also said that he’s struggling with bipolar disorder.


To be a professional baseball player was Peter’s ultimate dream, but a broken elbow ended that. He was then part of a high school production “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” when he was 16, and so discovered acting as a possible career.

He was first noted professionally in the 1980 sitcom “Goodtime Girls”. In 1982 he worked with Tom Hanks in “Bosom Buddies”, but that was cancelled after a season. He faced struggles in being an actor, but in 1984 met his now best friend, Bob Newhart, and they both worked in the series of “Newhart”. Even after the show has ended in 1990, they continued to play golf together, and Peter has credited Bob as his favorite acting mentor.

His career as an actor became more consistent, but some of his shows soon ended, although taking it positively, closures opened doors to other characters for him to play. He’s been seen in 16 movies including some short films and documentaries, and has participated in more than 100 TV shows, including the TV Adaptation of the Disney film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”.During is career, Peter Scolari has earned three nominations for being an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2016, he finally won that award, as he portrayed the role of Tad Horvath in the 21st season of “Girls”.

He also became part of some Broadway productions; he appeared in “Lucky Guy” in which he worked again with Tom Hanks, and Peter also performed in “Wicked”, “Hairspray” and “Sly Fox”.

Scolari also entered the world of off-Broadway theatre in Manhattan. He was seen in “Joseph and His Family”, “The Exonerated”, “Old Man”, “The Music Man”, “In the Wings” and “White’s Lies”. In 2014’s “Bronx Bombers”, Peter played the role of Yogi Berra, and worked with his wife Tracy Shayne portraying the character of Carmen.

The Juggler’s Origin

Peter Scolari was born to Barbara and his father Arthur Scolari. Peter has said that it was a tumultuous marriage of the two, describing his father as ‘an abusive rageful man’, and his mother as an alcoholic. During an interview with The Toronto Star, Peter said that his parents just lived together for the sake of their children, that because they really wanted to be in each other’s arms, but things were so complicated that they were really incompatible as a couple.

The Way He Looks

Peter is of Italian descent, and is an American citizen who belongs to white ethnicity. He stands 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 160lbs (72kgs). People admire him for his tantalizing hazel blue eyes, and amazingly black hair.

His Net Worth

Scolari’s net worth is estimated at over $2 million as of early 2020, and reputedly has average income of over $150,000 per year. Being popular during late ‘70s and ‘80s, it is believed that Scolari earned much of his wealth during his early career as an actor.

General Info

Full NamePeter Scolari
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 12, 1955
Height1.69 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Television Director
EducationEdgemont Junior – Senior High School, City College of New York


SpouseTracy Shayne, Debra Steagal, Lisa Kretzschmar.


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Anniversary Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
MoviesThe Polar Express, That Thing You Do!, Camp Nowhere, Sorority Boys, The Rosebud Beach Hotel, A Plumm Summer, Perfect Harmony, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon, Ticks, The Ryan White Story, Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures, Imps*, Mentor, Carpool, Letting Go, Perry Mason: The Case of the Gl...
TV ShowsBosom Buddies, Baby Makes Five, Newhart, The Mommies, Dweebs, From the Earth to the Moon, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Girls, Goodtime Girls, Family Album

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1[As to how many Emmies both he and Bob Newhart had lost on Newhart (1982), before the two had finally won, decades later]: I don't know the exact #, but I think we lost, 20 Emmies over the years and Bob won, in this category [Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series], a couple years ago and you probably know, he told me earlier tonight, 'You can win one; if you're up to it.' He said, 'I've got one at home.' It was great to be in this category. It was some calming effect because somebody at it had been so meaningful in my life, such a mentor to me. If he were to win another one, tonight, I would've been fine with that.
2[When asked if there was any dirt about Bob Newhart, who played Dick Loudin]: No, there was no dirt on Bob Newhart, let's be very clear on that point. There's no dirt, he said, 'What?,' he said, 'What he did, what?' No, but there some things.
3[Of Bob Newhart]: Bob, this is a male story. It's like that male bonding kind of story, we play golf together, many, too many times, a terrible, terrible game. And he went to hit the three went off the muddy fairway, and beautiful golfer, beautiful swing, just electrifying thing in this rainstorm, and looked out for it, and didn't see him, he didn't see it anywhere because he had driven the ball directly into the button, hadn't left his. It's the point of disembarkation.
4[Of Bob Newhart, who played Dick Loudin]: He mastered the craft of secrecy on the last episode of Newhart, where he hid Suzanne Pleshette from even the production staff.
5[About Bob Newhart wanting him for a co-starring role Newhart (1982)]: So, Barry Kemp [I think] introduces me, and we have an actor who's in 'Bosom Buddies,' and Bob leans in, so that everyone can hear in a mock whisper, stage whisper, and he says, 'I told you to get the other guy!'
6Unquestionably. I know no actors of my generation who haven't experienced it. We're coming up against our own resident pride and the frailty of ego. And sure, maybe that has something to do with why Kenny Solms and our director, Dan Kutner, sought me out to do this role. I think to some extent they just wanted me to bring life to the role, if not my life experience, but I have both. About a year after Bosom Buddies, I was suddenly a regular on Newhart, and I was there almost seven years. And then, somewhere in the mid-1990s, I ended up doing a TV series version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I thought at that time: 'Wow, what's going on here, this isn't a prime-time series, I'm not going to get Emmy-nominated for a show that airs at 5 in the afternoon.' It's all the hobgoblin of your mind telling you that you should have more, or that you'll never have what you had before. If I've gotten nowhere else, at least I've gotten over that hump of believing in my own hype. Now I believe in the importance of where it is that I'm sitting in my career.
7[About "It Must Be Him" is more on the absurd side]: He's visited by his dead parents and occasionally breaks into song.
8[Who worked with other comedy mates all the while received training]: People I work with there saw a comedian in me. I'm still most at home with them.
9If Tom Hanks were willing to do it with me. I mean, I couldn't do it with anybody else!


1After guest-starring in 2 episodes of Newhart (1982), in 1984, Scolari was brought in to replace Steven Kampmann, the following year.
2Credits Bob Newhart as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3Frequently plays golf with his good buddy Bob Newhart.
4Was originally not on the Emmy nominations list for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 (a category, which he ultimately won). He only became a nominee, when original nominee Peter MacNicol was disqualified, because he appeared in too many episodes of Veep (2012)'s fifth season and could no longer be categorized as "guest performer". Scolari, who won the next-highest number of votes without actually being nominated, was then moved up to be one of the six nominees.
5He is of Italian descent.
6Currently starring in the new off-Broadway comedy by Kenny Solms, "It Must Be Him". [September 2010]
7Starring in Boeing, Boeing Playing Sept 20th - Nov 23rd, 2008 at Stage West Mississauga, Ontario. [October 2008]
8Best known by the public for his role as Michael Harris on Newhart (1982) and for his starring role as Wayne Szalinski on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1997).
9His acting mentor was Bob Newhart.
10Good friends with his Bosom Buddies (1980) co-star Tom Hanks and his Newhart (1982) co-star Julia Duffy.
11Met future wife Cathy Trien in Boston, 1996, while performing in a production of "Grease".
12Dreamed of being a professional baseball player but an elbow injury ended that dream.
13Discovered acting at the age of 16 while performing in a high school production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
14Peter is an accomplished juggler and is skilled in circus arts.




Girls2012-2017TV SeriesTad Horvath
How You Look at It2016ShortHero
Madoff2016TV Mini-SeriesPeter Madoff
Gotham2015TV SeriesCommissioner Loeb
Jerome's Bouquet2013ShortBob
White Collar2013TV SeriesZimmer the Keymaster
Letting Go2012/IBill
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2011TV SeriesRay Palmer The Atom
A Plumm Summer2007Agent Hardigan
Suburban Girl2007Mickey Lamm
Cathedral Pines2006Father Mike McGary
Mentor2006/IJonathan Parks
American Dad!2006TV SeriesLimo Driver / Himself
Big Love2006TV SeriesSeminary Teacher
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D2005Documentary shortPete Conrad (voice)
Listen Up2005TV SeriesAndrew McKillop
The Polar Express2004Billy - Lonely Boy
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2003TV SeriesRingmaster
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2002TV SeriesProfessor Higginson
What I Like About You2002TV SeriesDad
The Cartoon Cartoon Show2002TV Series
The West Wing2002TV SeriesAntares C.E.O. Jake Kimball
ER2002TV SeriesKyle Evans
Sorority Boys2002Louis
The King of Queens2002TV SeriesRon
Reba2002TV SeriesParker Reynolds
Ally McBeal2001TV SeriesHooley
Touched by an Angel1994-2001TV SeriesTim Albright / Charles Hibbard
The Ultimate Christmas Present2000TV MovieEdwin Hadley
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show1997-2000TV SeriesWayne Szalinski / Wayne Wolff / Noodles Oregano / ...
Hey Arnold!1998TV SeriesDoug
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesPete Conrad
Pinky and the Brain1997-1998TV SeriesMr. Perfect / Weird Guy
George & Leo1997TV SeriesDr. Michael Harris
The Nanny1997TV SeriesLeslie Tilbert
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesBrad
For Hope1996TV MovieDate #2 (uncredited)
The Drew Carey Show1996TV SeriesCouncilman Kemp
Talk to Me1996TV MovieHoward Grant
That Thing You Do!1996Troy Chesterfield
The Home Court1996TV SeriesKenyon Stanton
Gargoyles1995-1996TV SeriesPreston Vogel
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off1996TV MovieLittlechap
Dave's World1994-1995TV SeriesKenny's Boss / Fred
Can't Hurry Love1995TV SeriesColin
Batman: The Animated Series1992-1995TV SeriesThe Shark Gunther Hardwicke John Hamner
A Whole New Ballgame1995TV SeriesGlenn
The Mommies1995TV SeriesKen Ballantine
Dweebs1995TV SeriesWarren Mosbey
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV SeriesStuart Hofferman
Animaniacs1993-1994TV SeriesThe Driver / Wilford B. Wolf
Camp Nowhere1994Donald Himmel
Empty Nest1994TV SeriesDieter Dietz
Burke's Law1994TV Series
Family Album1993TV SeriesJonathan Lerner
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesClerk
Ticks1993Charles Danson
Nurses1992TV SeriesGeorge Myrock
The House on Sycamore Street1992TV MovieDr. Zachary 'Zach' Drummond - plastic surgeon
Danger Team1991TV MoviePolice Officer Shields
Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin1991TV MovieDavid Katz
Perfect Harmony1991TV MovieDerek Sanders
Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor1991TV MoviePaul DeWitt
World's Greatest Magicians... At the Magic Castle1990TV Movie
Corporate Affairs1990Simon Tanner
Encyclopedia Brown1990TV SeriesBandini
Newhart1984-1990TV SeriesMichael Harris
Trying Times1989TV SeriesHoward LaMotta
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesMorgan
The Ryan White Story1989TV MovieDavid Day
The Twilight Zone1988TV SeriesLeonard Randall / Delos of Atlantis
Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery1987TV MovieChris Robinson
Buckle Up1987Video short
The New Mike Hammer1987TV SeriesRudy Shales
The Love Boat1986TV SeriesWellington David Rothmeyer / Wellington Davis Rothmeyer / Frank Hobbs
You Are the Jury1986TV SeriesStephen Best
Fresno1986TV Mini-SeriesWaiter
Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures1986ShortMr. Bill
Family Ties1986TV SeriesPaul Kenter
Hotel1986TV SeriesTom
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesTed Caton
The Rosebud Beach Hotel1984Elliot
Amazons1984TV MovieDr. Jerry Menzies
Carpool1983TV MovieRobert Duff
Baby Makes Five1983TV SeriesEddie Riddle
Happy Days1983TV SeriesJake
Missing Children: A Mother's Story1982TV MovieWoody
Remington Steele1982TV SeriesAlbie Fervitz
The Further Adventures of Wally Brown1980TV MovieDouglas Burdett
Goodtime Girls1980TV SeriesBenny Loman
Wally Brown1979TV SeriesDouglas Burdett
Angie1979TV SeriesKenny
Take Off1978Kookie (segment "1950's") (as Barney Tramble)


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show1998-2000TV Series 5 episodes
Newhart1990TV Series 1 episode


Bosom Buddies1980-1982TV Series performer - 4 episodes


Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show1997TV Series producer


Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male Musical Performer
Harry Anderson's Sideshow1987TV MovieHimself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The New Vaudevillians1986TV MovieHimself - Host
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1985TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #91984TV Special documentaryHimself
Circus of the Stars #81983TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Circus of the Stars #71982TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
2016 Creative Arts Emmys2016TV MovieHimself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic) / Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) / Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or a Special and Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Vice News2015TV Series documentary
Chopped2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest Event in Television History2014TV SeriesHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Girls: About Girls2012Video documentaryTad Horvath
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Whatever Happened To?2008TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialAlexis ("Ugly Betty White")
The John Kerwin Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Pet Star2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Judge / Himself - Celebrity Judge #1 / Himself - Celebrity Judge #3 / ...
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks2002TV SpecialHimself
Biography2001-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Harry Anderson: The Tricks of His Trade1996TV Special
The Ice Capades 50th Anniversary Special1990TV MovieHimself - Host
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1987-1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Imps*2009Phil (segment "Dandruff")
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesGirls (2012)
2016Festival-Awarded PrizeUSA Film FestivalOutstanding Performance AwardHow You Look at It (2016)
1987Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)

Nominated Awards

2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesGirls (2012)
2012Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesGirls (2012)
1990American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV SeriesNewhart (1982)
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesNewhart (1982)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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