PJ Torokvei

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PJ Torokvei
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Torokvei in The New Avengers in 1977
Born Peter Torokvei
(1951-03-19)March 19, 1951
Died July 3, 2013(2013-07-03) (aged 62)
Occupation Actor, Writer, Producer
Years active 1977-1995

PJ Torokvei (born Peter Torokvei March 19, 1951 – July 3, 2013) was a Canadian screenwriter, actor, and television producer. A trans woman, her professional credits are generally under her birth name. In 2001, she announced to friends and family her intention to transition from her sex assigned at birth and undergo sex reassignment surgery.[1]

Torokvei was involved with both The Second City and SCTV.[2] Her notable works in film include the screenplays for Real Genius, Armed and Dangerous and Back to School. Her most notable work for television was as a producer and head writer on WKRP in Cincinnati.[1] She also appeared in and wrote for various television shows and films from the 1970s through the 1990s. She died from liver failure on July 3, 2013 at the age of 62.






In both 1981 and 1982, Torokvei (as Peter Torokvei) was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards in her role as producer on WKRP in Cincinnati.[3]


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Stan (July 9, 2013). "Remembering PJ Torokvei: Comedy Genius Behind 'WKRP' Was Transgender Trailblazer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Our Alumni". The Second City. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "WKRP in Cincinnati | Emmys.com". Retrieved on June 4, 2013.

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