Scott Weinger

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Scott Weinger
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Born Scott Eric Weinger
(1975-10-05) October 5, 1975 (age 38)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, television producer/writer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Rina Mimoun (m. 2008)

Scott Eric Weinger (born October 5, 1975) is an American actor, television producer and writer, best known as the voice of Aladdin in Disney's eponymous feature film. Weinger would reprise the role in two direct-to-video sequels, for the Disney Channel television series, and the Kingdom Hearts series. He is also well known for playing D.J. Tanner's boyfriend "Steve Hale" on Full House for two seasons. He is currently a writer and producer for television.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Weinger was born in New York, New York, to Jewish parents Babs Weinger, a teacher, and Elliott Weinger, an orthopedic surgeon.[1] The eldest of four children, Scott has two brothers and one sister. He spent the majority of his formative years in Hollywood, Florida. He moved to Los Angeles when his career began to take off.

Scott first became interested in acting in the third grade, when an actor gave a presentation for Career Day. He relentlessly pestered his parents to get him an agent until they finally realized that the young tyke was serious about becoming an actor.

Acting[edit]

Weinger's first gig was a national commercial for Ideal Toys. Weinger garnered fame amongst computer users in a 1980s commercial for Commodore's multimedia Amiga computer.[2]

Weinger's first acting role was in Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, in which he had a minor part. After landing his first guest starring role on ABC's Life Goes On, Weinger became a series regular on the situation comedy Family Man on CBS. The show was produced to air on the CBS network by Miller-Boyett Productions, which had produced many other hits. His next regular role in a series came when he was cast as Steve Hale in the hit sitcom Full House from 1992 to 1995 (also produced by Miller-Boyett Productions), after he guest-starred on one episode during its fifth season. It was during the run of Full House that Weinger would earn his first motion picture role as the voice of Aladdin. Later, in a Full House episode in which the Tanner family goes on a trip to Disney World, his character appears dressed as Aladdin.

Upon his return to Hollywood, Weinger would have several small roles in television programs, starred in a horror comedy film, 2003's Shredder; and provided his voice for Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis and the 3-D Disney film Mickey's PhilharMagic. He had a guest appearance on the NBC's Scrubs for the season 6 episode My Coffee as Dr. Kershnar. He played Officer Rubin in What I Like About You.

Aladdin[edit]

Weinger was cast as Aladdin, the street urchin in Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film Aladdin. He would reprise his role multiple times off the big screen including the Disney Channel Aladdin series and direct-to-video sequels, the most notable being The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. His voice would also be used for several video games including the Kingdom Hearts series and Kinect Disneyland Adventures.

Harvard[edit]

In autumn of 1994, Weinger left Los Angeles to attend Harvard University, although he continued to work as the voice of Aladdin and made a final appearance on Full House. During his years at Harvard, Weinger served as an on-camera youth correspondent for Good Morning America, a job that required much international travel, as well as frequent live appearances on the show to discuss his pieces with Charles Gibson.

Scott majored in English while at Harvard and graduated magna cum laude in June 1998.

Writing and producing[edit]

During the 2000s, Weinger has emerged as a prolific television writer and producer, having written and produced for situation comedies as well as hour long dramas. He produced an award winning film short, 2002's The Cricket Player. He received his first writing credit on the WB television show Like Family. Other early writing credits included What I Like About You and Privileged. From 2009 to 2013, he was a writer-producer for 90210. After the series ended, he returned to comedy, becoming a writer-producer for The Neighbors.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Shark Attack Kid
1988 Hemingway Patrick Hemingway TV mini-series
1989-1990 Life Goes On Steve Smith TV Series
1990-1991 The Family Man Steve Taylor TV series
1991 Eerie, Indiana Eddie TV series
1992 Aladdin Aladdin (voice)
1994 The Return of Jafar Aladdin (voice)
1994 The Shaggy Dog Wilbert "Wilby" Joseph Daniels/Shaggy Dog TV Movie
1991-1995 Full House Steve Hale TV Series
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Aladdin (voice)
1998 Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Creatures of Invention Aladdin (voice)
1998 Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Fearless Friends Aladdin (voice)
1998 Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Magic Makers Aladdin (voice)
1998 Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Team Genie Aladdin (voice)
1998 Aladdin's MathQuest Aladdin (voice) Video game
1999 Hercules Aladdin TV series
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Bradley Roberts TV series
2001 Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge Aladdin (voice) Video Game
2001 Metropolis Atlas (voice)
2001 Mickey's House of Villains Aladdin (voice)
2002 Kingdom Hearts Aladdin (voice) Video Game
2001-2002 House of Mouse Aladdin (voice) TV Series
2003 Shredder Cole Davidson
2005 Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Journey of a Princess Aladdin (voice)
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Aladdin (voice) Video game (English Version)
2006 Farce of the Penguins Horny Penguin (voice) Uncredited
2006 What I Like About You Officer Rubin TV Series
2006 Scrubs Dr. Kershnar
2007 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Aladdin (voice) Video Game (English version)
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Aladdin (voice) Video Game
2012 Roulette Mike
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Aladdin Video Game, voice (archive audio)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Aladdin Video Game, voice (archive audio)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scott Weinger (สก็อตต์ ไวน์เกอร์)" (in Thai). Nangdee. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Commodore Amiga TV Ad - Celebrities". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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