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Peter Tolan

Biography

American screenwriter, producer ,and director who distributed a 1992 Emmy Prize in the Excellent Humor Series category for his focus on the tv screen series Murphy Dark brown. He also composed the films Selecting Amanda and Bedazzled. He acted in senior high school productions and founded a movie theater group called Teen People’s Summer Theater with whom he’d perform Broadway musicals. He went to the School of Massachusetts Amherst for four years but fell out to go after his profession in screenwriting. He was wedded twice and it has two sons along with a little girl. He wrote the favorite 1999 comedic film Analyze This, starring Billy Crystal.

Quick Facts


Full Name Peter Tolan
Date Of Birth July 5, 1958
Place Of Birth Scituate, MA
Profession Screenwriter
Education University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nationality American
Spouse Leslie Tolan
Children Peter Jr. Tolan, Ben Tolan, Beatrice Tolan
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
Movies Analyze This, Just like Heaven, Analyze That, Finding Amanda, Bedazzled, America's Sweethearts, Guess Who, What Planet Are You From?, My Fellow Americans, Stealing Harvard, Brave New World, Alice, The End of Steve, The Council of Dads
TV Shows The Jim Gaffigan Show, Rescue Me, Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central), The Job, Style & Substance, Buddies, The George Wendt Show
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Half of comedy/theatrical team "Wallem & Tolan" with Linda Wallem.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
OutsidersTV Series 1 episode, 2017 written by - 3 episodes, 2016
The Jim Gaffigan ShowTV Series created by - 23 episodes, 2015 - 2016 story by - 1 episode, 2015 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2015 written by - 1 episode, 2015
RakeTV Series developed for U.S. television by - 13 episodes, 2014 teleplay - 2 episodes, 2014
Gaffigan2013TV Movie writer
Brave New World2011TV Movie
Rescue MeTV Series created by - 93 episodes, 2004 - 2011 written by - 41 episodes, 2004 - 2011 teleplay - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2009 story - 1 episode, 2009
The Council of Dads2011TV Movie
The End of Steve2008TV Movie co-creator
Rescue Me Minisodes2008TV Series written by
Finding Amanda2008written by
Fort Pit2007TV Movie
Just Like Heaven2005screenplay
Guess Who2005screenplay
Phil at the Gate2003TV Movie
Analyze That2002characters / written by
Stealing Harvard2002screenplay / story
The JobTV Series creator - 15 episodes, 2001 - 2002 written by - 10 episodes, 2001 - 2002 teleplay - 1 episode, 2002
My Adventures in Television2002TV Series creator
America's Sweethearts2001written by
Bedazzled2000screenplay
What Planet Are You From?2000screenplay
Analyze This1999screenplay / story
The Larry Sanders ShowTV Series written by - 24 episodes, 1992 - 1998 story by - 2 episodes, 1992 - 1994
Style & SubstanceTV Series 1 episode, 1998 creator - 1 episode, 1998
The Dave Chappelle Project1998TV Movie written by
Ellen1997TV Series written by - 1 episode
My Fellow Americans1996screenplay
BuddiesTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 1996 creator - 2 episodes
The George Wendt Show1995TV Series creator
Good Advice1994TV Series written by - 1 episode
Murphy Brown1991-1993TV Series writer - 11 episodes
Home Improvement1991TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Wish You Were Here1990TV Series
Carol & Company1990TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Outsiders2016-2017TV Series executive producer - 14 episodes
The Jim Gaffigan ShowTV Series consulting producer - 11 episodes, 2015 executive producer - 5 episodes, 2016
Irreversible2014TV Movie executive producer
Rake2014TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Gaffigan2013TV Movie executive producer
Brenda Forever2013TV Movie executive producer
Let It Go2012TV Movie executive producer
Threshold2012/IShort producer
Brave New World2011TV Movie executive producer
Rescue Me2004-2011TV Series executive producer - 30 episodes
The Council of Dads2011TV Movie executive producer
The Unusuals2009TV Series executive producer
The End of Steve2008TV Movie co-executive producer
Fort Pit2007TV Movie executive producer
Phil at the Gate2003TV Movie executive producer
The Job2001-2002TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
America's Sweethearts2001executive producer
H.M.O.2001TV Movie executive producer
Style & Substance1998TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
The Larry Sanders ShowTV Series executive producer - 17 episodes, 1994 supervising producer - 10 episodes, 1992 consulting producer - 9 episodes, 1993 co-executive producer - 3 episodes, 1992
Good Advice1994TV Series consulting producer - 1 episode
Murphy Brown1992TV Series co-producer - 2 episodes
Home Improvement1991TV Series co-producer - 6 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rescue Me2004-2011TV Series 24 episodes
The End of Steve2008TV Movie
Finding Amanda2008
The Job2002TV Series 2 episodes
Style & Substance1998TV Series

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rake2014TV Series show runner
Threshold2012/IShort presenter
The Unusuals2009TV Series executive consultant - 10 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rescue Me2006TV SeriesChief Pecher
The Job2002TV SeriesSean
Maggie1998TV SeriesDr. Devon
Style & Substance1998TV SeriesCarl
Home1994Short
The Larry Sanders Show1993TV SeriesAdam Loderman
Love & War1992TV SeriesPiano Man
Alice1990Dorothy's Xmas Party Guest

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Threshold2012/IShort special thanks
HBO Comedy Half-Hour1998TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Peter Tolan2007VideoHimself
The Making of 'The Larry Sanders Show'2007Video documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2005TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize60 Minute CategoryRescue Me (2004)· Denis Leary (writer)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Garry Shandling
1997CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsComedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer)
· Paul Simms (executive producer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
· Maya Forbes (co-producer)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Drake Sather
· Garry Shandling
1994CableACECableACE AwardsComedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer)
· Dick Blasucci (supervising producer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
· Paul Simms (producer)
· Judd Apatow (consulting producer)
· Brad Isaacs (consulting producer)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsComedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Fred Barron (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer/writer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesMurphy Brown (1988)· Diane English (executive producer)
· Joel Shukovsky (executive producer)
· Steven Peterman (supervising producer)
· Gary Dontzig (supervising producer)
· Tom Palmer (co-supervising producer)
· Korby Siamis (consulting producer)
· Deborah Smith (producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsRescue Me (2002)· Brad Hatfield (music by)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesRescue Me (2004)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesRescue Me (2004)· Denis Leary (writer)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1997WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1996WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAEpisodic ComedyThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer)
· Paul Simms (executive producer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
· Maya Forbes (co-producer)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Garry Shandling
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Garry Shandling
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer)
· Paul Simms (producer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
· Judd Apatow (consulting producer)
· Brad Isaacs (consulting producer)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Brad Grey (executive producer)
· Garry Shandling (executive producer)
· Fred Barron (executive producer)
· Dick Blasucci (supervising producer)
· John Ziffren (producer)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesMurphy Brown (1988)· Gary Dontzig (executive producers)
· Steven Peterman (executive producer)
· Tom Palmer (co-executive producer)
· Korby Siamis (consulting producer)
· Deborah Smith (producer)
· Michael Patrick King (producer)
· Ned E. Davis (producer)
· Bill Diamond (producer)
· Michael Saltzman (producer)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Garry Shandling (writer)
· Paul Simms (writer)
· Rosie Shuster (writer)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)· Garry Shandling
· Rosie Shuster
· Paul Simms
1993CableACECableACE AwardsWriting a Comedy SeriesThe Larry Sanders Show (1992)


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#Quote
1[on lawyer, Keegan Dean Joye, an unapologetic cad in 'Rake'] We need to get the audience comfortable with a guy who's this much of a screw-up and care about him. You can't push that too far, even though we have Greg Kinnear, who makes being a screw-up look charming and acceptable. There's a journey, a life progression with this character, which will get increasingly baroque as we go along. We want to tonally shift the story so that audiences will be surprised, to the point that they realize they're not getting the same thing every week.
2[on 'Rescue Me' his series involving 9-11] You want to say, yes, people do survive, and they figure out how to go on with things. And that, ultimately, is what the show is about.
3[To participants at the launch of the 2011-12 TV season] Hey, you want to put tragedy in perspective? There's 9/11 and then there's the fact that you all have to watch everything on television. I mean, really, other than the loss of human life it's, like, right here.


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