Peter Tolan

Producer, Writer, Director
A former actor and sketch comedy performer, Peter Tolan went behind the camera in the early 1990s, where he served as producer and writer on some of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking television shows of the decade ... Read more »
Born: 07/04/1958 in Scituate, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (16)

Ellen 1989 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Writer

Finding Amanda 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wish You Were Here 1989 - 1994, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Writer

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

(Shooting Draft) (Screenplay)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

(Story By)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bedazzled 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

(Story By)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Buddies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Writer

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sessions (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (7)

Rescue Me 1992 - 1994, 2003 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Advice 1989 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Job 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & War 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Guest--Dorothy's Christmas Party (Actor)

Home 1988 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)
Producer (6)

Outsiders 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rake 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Home Improvement 1989 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Co-Producer

America's Sweethearts 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The George Wendt Show 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (2)

Finding Amanda 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

A former actor and sketch comedy performer, Peter Tolan went behind the camera in the early 1990s, where he served as producer and writer on some of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking television shows of the decade and beyond, including "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998), "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98) and "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004- ). Tolan's heroes were rule-breakers and free thinkers whose discomfort with the status quo occasionally landed them in hot water or worse, but they remained fascinating to audiences as they attempted to make sense of their lives. His frequently fearless work earned him several Emmy nominations, and led to a modestly successful career in feature films, including "Analyze This" (1999) and "America's Sweethearts" (2001). But it was Tolan's unique television work that remained his most enduring, making him one most daring talents on the small screen.

Relationships

Leslie Tolan Editor

Wife

Beatrice Tolan

Daughter
Mother, Leslie Tolan

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst , Massachusetts
Awarded an honorary doctorate degree in May 2008

Milestones

2010

Co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the animated feature, "How to Train Your Dragon"

2008

Made his directorial debut with "Finding Amanda"

2005

Penned the comedy feature, "Guess Who," co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac

2004

Re-teamed with Denis Leary to executive produce FX's "Rescue Me"

2002

Co-wrote the sequel, "Analyze That"

2001

Co-wrote and produced the feature, "America's Sweethearts"

2001

First collaboration with Dennis Leary, the short-lived ABC series, "The Job"

2000

Co-wrote (with Garry Shandling) the comedy feature, "What Planet Are You From?"

1999

Penned the screenplay for Harold Ramis' "Analyze This"

1998

Created the short-lived CBS series, "Style and Substance"

1996

Feature screenwriting debut, "My Fellow Americans"

1992

Executive produced (also wrote) the HBO series, "The Larry Sanders Show"

1991

Was a writer for (also produced) the CBS sitcom, "Murphy Brown"; garnered two consecutive Emmy nominations

1991

Wrote for the ABC sitcom, "Home Improvement"

1990

Joined the writing staff for CBS' "Carol & Company"

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