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Also Known As: Peter James Tolan Iii Died:
Born: July 5, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Scituate, Massachusetts, USA Profession: producer, writer, director, actor

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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.

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.

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1990:
Joined the writing staff for CBS' "Carol & Company"
1991:
Wrote for the ABC sitcom, "Home Improvement"
1991:
Was a writer for (also produced) the CBS sitcom, "Murphy Brown"; garnered two consecutive Emmy nominations
1992:
Executive produced (also wrote) the HBO series, "The Larry Sanders Show"
1996:
Feature screenwriting debut, "My Fellow Americans"
1998:
Created the short-lived CBS series, "Style and Substance"
1999:
Penned the screenplay for Harold Ramis' "Analyze This"
2000:
Co-wrote (with Garry Shandling) the comedy feature, "What Planet Are You From?"
2001:
First collaboration with Dennis Leary, the short-lived ABC series, "The Job"
2001:
Co-wrote and produced the feature, "America's Sweethearts"
2002:
Co-wrote the sequel, "Analyze That"
2004:
Re-teamed with Denis Leary to executive produce FX's "Rescue Me"
2005:
Penned the comedy feature, "Guess Who," co-starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac
2008:
Made his directorial debut with "Finding Amanda"
2010:
Co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of the animated feature, "How to Train Your Dragon"
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Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Amherst , Massachusetts -

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