Peter started his career in front of the camera, guest starring in such memorable series as MURPHY BROWN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, THE FACTS OF LIFE, DYNASTY, TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT, MATLOCK, and some not so memorable ones that locked in his medical insurance. He also appeared in the films SPREAD, MOVERS AND SHAKERS, GORP, and other noteworthy epics.
Peter went on to win the Drama-Logue Award as best actor for his portrayal of Danny Zuko in a Los Angeles production of GREASE. After fifteen years of unsold pilots, SAG dues and psychotherapy bills, he and his Encino therapist decided it would be healthier for Peter to go behind the camera. So he did. He and his then wife, Fran Drescher, created, wrote and executive produced THE NANNY for CBS for six years making it one of the most sought after series in television syndication. He had a good shrink! Peter went on to co-write THE NANNY ANIMATED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, OYE TO THE WORLD, and THE CHATTER BOX. He wrote the CBS pilot DIVA and executive produced, wrote and created CCPD, a pilot for FOX with Dan Aykroyd and created CHARMED LIVES for Embassy. He then executive produced the Paramount film BEAUTICIAN AND THE BEAST and wrote the Disney film MAMA MIA along with Frank Lombardi which got him a really nice place by the beach.
When THE NANNY left the airwaves, Peter moved back to his hometown, New York City. But not Flushing this time — Tribeca! He got a really nice loft but on a low floor with no view. While in New York, Peter and writing partner Michael Scalisi wrote the Film WHO I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION which was set to go starring Scarlett Johansson, but when the German economy went down the tube so did the money for Scarlett.
Instead of slitting his wrist, Peter went back to his television roots and created, produced and wrote, with Nick Scotti, the cult reality series NEW YORK NICK for E!’s Style Network. But Hollywood called again (and honestly the winters in New York were brutal). So Peter sold his loft and moved to the Hills of Beverly, well Sunset.
He was directing a couple of episodes of the Joey Lawrence sitcom RUN OF THE HOUSE when Caryn Lucas offered him a job as Co-Executive Producer of WB’s WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, where he remained for two seasons and directed several episodes. Peter then directed HOPE AND FAITH, RITA ROCKS and the web series TEASE.
TV LAND aired another series he created with Fran Drescher, HAPPILY DIVORCED, based on their 18 year marriage which ended after Peter told Fran he is gay. Peter served as an exec, writer and sometimes director. Simultaneously, QUEEN OF HARTS, which he created, was in development with LOGO as their first sitcom.