Peter Tolan Movies and Career Information

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Jul 05, 1958
Producer and Writer

Peter James Tolan III (born July 5, 1958) is an American television producer, director, and screenwriter. Tolan was born in Scituate, Massachusetts where he was a perrenial favorite in the high school's dramatic productions. Before leaving to pursue a career in Hollywood, Tolan founded a theater group called YPST (Young People's Summer Theatre). The group performed Broadway musicals and rehearsed at a local church. Within three years, the productions became so popular that additional rehearsal space had to be acquired and a second production added to accommodate the ever increasing enrollment. Tolan attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for four years before dropping out to directly pursue theater. From college Tolan went to Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop (founded by improv great Dudley Riggs) at the suggestion of stage legend Stubby Kay who appeared with Tolan as a guest star in a UMass theater production. The legend amongst acquaintances is that Peter swept floors at the theater until he was finally invited to rehearse with the troupe. While in Minneapolis, Tolan collaborated with then "up and coming" comedians such as Louie Anderson and Ken Ober who remained a long

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