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Scott Adsit (born November 26, 1965) is an American actor, writer and improvisational comedian. He is known for co-starring as Pete Hornberger in the hit NBC comedy 30 Rock and for his work in the Adult Swim stop-motion animation programs Moral Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. Adult Swim ordered ten episodes for its first season, which began airing June 27, 2010, and was canceled in 2012.

Adsit is known for his role as Pete Hornberger, the well-meaning but jaded executive producer, on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2008. In 2014, Adsit voiced the robot Baymax in the Disney animated film Big Hero 6, which he reprises in Big Hero 6: The Series (2017–2021).

Life and career

After attending Columbia College Chicago, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City in 1994, where he appeared in several Jeff award-winning revues, including Pinata Full of Bees and Paradigm Lost for which he won The Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. A sketch he performed with future SNL head writer Adam McKay, "Gump," was included as one of Second City's all-time best in the theater's 25th anniversary compilation. He also appeared in the 1997 PBS documentary about the process of creating the multi-award winning Second City review, Paradigm Lost, Second to None along with castmates Tina Fey, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Jenna Jolovich and Jim Zulevic.

In 1996, he portrayed an alcoholic and drug-addicted father in the Hazleton Substance Abuse Clinic (Minnesota) short-subject production "Reflections From The Heart Of A Child." This 26-minute video/DVD feature is required curriculum in most DWI Repeat Offender classes and substance abuse rehabilitation clinics nationwide to this day.

In 1997, Adsit recorded the voices for the King of Payne, Sir Psycho, The Duke of Bourbon, and Merlin for Williams' Medieval Madness pinball machine. Adsit co-wrote the game's recorded dialog with fellow Second City cast member, Kevin Dorff. Adsit, Dorff and their Second City castmate, Tina Fey, played the character voices in the game.

In 2001, he starred in an episode of Friends titled The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin in Season 7. Scott plays The Director and he has 2 lines, both in the final scene before the credits. Matt LeBlanc and Mo Gaffney also act with Scott in this scene. It was deemed the 6th greatest moment in Friends history by TV Guide.

After moving to Los Angeles, Adsit appeared in several sitcoms and commercials, as well as appeared as a cast member in the renowned sketch comedy program, Mr. Show. He also plagued the band Tenacious D as both a neighbor and a demon in their HBO show.

From 2005–2008, he co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the Adult Swim show Moral Orel with Dino Stamatopoulos and Jay Johnston. He also provides the voice of Orel's father, Clay Puppington, as well as his best friend, Doughy, Link McMissins, Art Posabule, Mr. Christein, Junior Christein, Doctor Potterswheel, Billy Figurelli, Mrs. Figurelli and Tiny Tina, among others. He was nominated for an Annie Award for his work as Clay.

Adsit also had a minor role in the The Office episode "Conflict Resolution" as a photographer. Adsit also had a small role in the movie Kicking & Screaming, starring Will Ferrell, where he played the coach of a rival team.

In 2006, he joined the cast of 30 Rock with former Second City castmate Tina Fey. On 30 Rock, he plays the role of Pete Hornberger, the well-meaning but frequently terrified executive producer of TGS with Tracy Jordan. His character is terrified of his boss, Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) but is good friends with head writer Liz Lemon (played by the show's creator Tina Fey) reflecting the two actors' longtime working relationship.

He also continues to act, improvise and teach at I.O. West and the Upright Citizens Brigade. In 2007 Adsit along with Brendon Small starred together in a pilot for Adult Swim entitled Let's Fish, but the pilot never became an official series.

After the success of Moral Orel, Adsit and Dino Stamatopoulos started working together again on their newest stop-motion animation series Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, which Adult Swim has ordered for 10 episodes for its first season and began airing on June 27, 2010. Adsit directed, wrote, produced and provided much of the lead voices.[1]

In June of 2010, he hosted a panel featuring comic book artists at Heroes Con 2010 in Charlotte, NC. He also appeared at the MarvelFest NYC 2009 event along with comic book writers Dan Slott, Frank Tieri, and Chris Claremont.[2]


Year Title Role Other Notes
1998 Temporary Girl Seth the Agent
2001 Town and Country Cab Driver
Lovely and Amazing Man at Phone
Malcolm in the Middle Attorney
2002 Run Ronnie Run Police Negotiator
2003 Melvin Goes to Dinner Man
Kingpin Male Addict TV Miniseries
The Italian Job Actor Rehearsing in Car
Grand Theft Parsons Music Expert
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2003 CEO Harold Barbour TV
2004 The Terminal Cab Driver
L.A. Twister Technician
Without a Paddle Greasy Man
Admissions Harvard Interviewer
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2004 Colbert's High School Friend
2005 Be Cool Program Director
Kicking and Screaming Stew
Bad News Bears Umpire
2005 - 2008 Moral Orel Clay Puppington, Doughy Latchkey Voice
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Big Galoot
Accepted Drop-Off Dad
For Your Consideration First AD
2006 - 2013 30 Rock Pete Hornberger TV Series: 100 Episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2007 Dante's Inferno Judge Minos Voice
Let's Fish Don TV
Mr. Woodcock Cheesy Salesman
2008 Turnover Dr. Ruderman
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Hoppy Bunny and Drewbacca Voice
2009 The Informant! Sid Hulse
2010 Last Night Stuart
2010 - 2012 Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Various Characters Voice class="wikitable"
2011 Arthur Gummy Bear Man
2013 We're the Millers Doctor
A Case of You Cheesy Announcer
2014 Appropriate Behavior Ken
St. Vincent David
Big Hero 6 Baymax Voice
2015 Uncle Nick Kevin === TelevisionEdit ===
Year Title Role Other Notes
1996 Early Edition Cab Driver Episode: "Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog"
1997–1998 Early Edition Grabowski 2 episodes
1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Various 6 episodes
1999 Tenacious D The Writer Episode: "The Greatest Song in the World"
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Kevin Episode: "Two Guys, a Girl and Barenaked Ladies"
2000 Felicity Professor Howard Morrison Episode: "Final Touches"
2002 Friends Director Episode: "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin"
Malcolm in the Middle Attorney Episode: "Houseboat"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Joel Reynolds Episode: "The Acupuncturist"
TV Funhouse Professor Episode: "Chinese New Year's Day"
Dharma & Greg Howard Episode: "With a Little Help from My Friend"
MADtv Stagehand Episode #7.5
2002 Ally McBeal Dr. Ted Slipp Episode: "Blowin' in the Wind"
Still Standing Mike Episode: "Still Reading"
2003 Kingpin Male Addict TV Miniseries
Alias Pierre Lagravenese Episode: "Reunion"
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2003 CEO Harold Barbour TV Special
CSI: Miami Izzy Episode: "Body Count"
The Man Show Doctor Episode: "Wheel of Destiny"
2004 Monk Medical Examiner Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Fired"
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2004 Colbert's High School Friend TV Special
Charmed Man in Dress / Cursed Wood Nymph Episode: "Spin City"
The Drew Carey Show Mitch Episode: "Baby Makes Stress"
Huff Doug Columbo Episode: "Cold Day in Shanghai"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Joe Episode: "Health Insurance"
Stacked Ray Episode: "Crazy Ray"
2005–2006 Robot Chicken Wimpy, Dean, Buddha, Shamrock Bear, Pinhead, blue Hungry Hippo, action movies narrator Voice, 4 episodes
2005-2008 Moral Orel Clay Puppington, Various Voices Voice
2006 Monk Medical Examiner Gordo Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show"
The Office Photographer Episode: "Conflict Resolution" (2:21)
The Colbert Report Admiral Allendorfer Episode: "John Sexton"
2006–2013 30 Rock Pete Hornberger TV Series: 100 Episodes

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

2007 Let's Fish Don TV Pilot
2008 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Hoppy Bunny and Drewbacca Voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dwight Lomax Episode: "Authority"
2010 Big Lake John the Baptist 1 episode
Delocated Dog Food Executive 1 episode
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Professor Polidori, The Creature, Dr. Moreau, Thomas Jefferson, Adolf Hitler, et al. Voice
2013 John Hodgman: Ragnarok Himself Netflix special
2015 Harvey Beaks Irving Beaks Voice
Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter Sunny Cocoa
W/ Bob & David Various 2 episodes
2015-2019 Veep Greg Hart 8 episodes
2016 Person of Interest Max Greene Episode: "QSO"
2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dale Bortz 1 episode
2017-2021 Big Hero 6: The Series Baymax, others Voice
2017 Gap Year Todd 1 episode
Girlboss Chuck 1 episode
2020 The Walking Dead: World Beyond Tony Recurring

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2013 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Baymax
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Baymax
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Baymax


  1. The Comic's Comic interviews Scott Adsit
  2. Photo in Dark Avengers Annual 01

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