Scott Adsit

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Scott Adsit
Adsit at the 2010 Comic-Con International.
Born Robert Scott Adsit
(1965-11-26) November 26, 1965 (age 49)
Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1994–present

Robert Scott Adsit[1] (born November 26, 1965) is an American actor, writer, voice actor, and improvisational comedian. He is known for co-starring as Pete Hornberger in the NBC comedy 30 Rock and in the Adult Swim stop-motion animation programs Moral Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, as well as voicing Baymax in the 2014 animated film Big Hero 6.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and 1990s[edit]

Adsit was born in Northbrook, Illinois, the son of Genevieve "Genny" (Butz) and Andrew Scott Adsit, a real estate attorney.[2][3]

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 Piñata 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 Saturday Night Live head writer Adam McKay, "Gump," was included as one of Second City's all-time best in the theater's 25th anniversary compilation.

He 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 Jolovitz and Jim Zulevic. Adsit also attended DePauw University in Indiana.

In 1996, he portrayed an alcoholic and drug-addicted father in the Hazelden 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.[citation needed] Adsit 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.


In 2001, he starred in an episode of Friends, "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin" in Season 7. After moving to Los Angeles, Adsit appeared in several sitcoms and commercials.

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. Adsit 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 ten episodes for its first season, which began airing on June 27, 2010. Adsit will direct, write, produce and provide much of the lead voices.[4] In June 2010, Adsit hosted a panel featuring comic book writers Dan Slott, Frank Tieri, and Chris Claremont at HeroCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.[5] In 2012 Adsit was immortalized as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of Marvel's Deadpool. The character, Agent Scott Adsit, has since become a recurring character in the title.[6]

Adsit also guest starred as the "Guest Bailiff" in three episodes of John Hodgman's podcast Judge John Hodgman.[7][8][9]

Adsit starred as himself in John Hodgman's Netflix comedy special John Hodgman: Ragnarok.[10]


Year Title Role Other Notes
1998 Temporary Girl Seth the Agent
2001 Friends Director Episode: "The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin"
Town and Country Cab Driver
Lovely and Amazing Man at Phone
Malcolm in the Middle Attorney
Curb Your Enthusiasm Joel Reynolds
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
Alias Computer Expert Episode: Reunion
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2003 CEO Harold Barbour TV Special
2004 The Terminal Cab Driver
L.A. Twister Technician
Monk Medical Examiner Episode: Mr. Monk Gets Fired
Without a Paddle Greasy Man
Admissions Harvard Interviewer
Comedy Central Laughs for Life Telethon 2004 Colbert's High School Friend TV Special
Charmed Man in Dress / Cursed Wood Nymph Episode: Spin City
2005 Be Cool Program Director
Kicking and Screaming Stew
Bad News Bears Umpire
Malcolm in the Middle Joe
2005–2008 Moral Orel Clay Puppington, Various Voices Voice
2006 Monk Howard Gordan Episode: Mr. Monk Goes to a Fashion Show
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With Big Galoot
The Office Photographer Episode: Conflict Resolution (2:21)
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 Pilot
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
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[10] Netflix special
We're the Millers Doctor
2014 Appropriate Behavior Ken
St. Vincent David
Big Hero 6 Baymax Voice


  1. ^ Kharakh, Ben (2007-10-10). "Scott Adsit, Actor, 30 Rock". Gothamist. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
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  4. ^ "The Comic's Comic interviews Scott Adsit". 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ Photo in Dark Avengers Annual 01
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  7. ^ MaxFun Intern (November 14, 2012). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 84: Dog Duty". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  8. ^ MaxFun Intern (January 2, 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 91: Coming Out of the Supply Closet". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  9. ^ Julia Smith (July 3, 2013). "Judge John Hodgman Episode 117: Lawn and Order". Maximum Fun. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  10. ^ a b "John Hodgman: RAGNAROK". Netflix. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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