Peter Dante Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 25 May, 2021
Facts of Peter Dante
Date of Birth: 1968 , December-16
Age: 52 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Peter Dante
Birth Name Peter Francis Dante
Father Anthony Dante
Mother Joan Dante
Nationality American
Birth Place/City West Hartford, Connecticut
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Comedian, Singer/Songwriter
Working For Road to Wherever (film, pre-production)
Net Worth $10 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Light brown
Married Once
Married to Cynthia Pett-Dante (ex-wife)
Children 2
Education Hofstra University, Fork Union Military Academy
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Movies The Wedding Singer, Mr. Deeds, Little Nicky, 50 First Dates, Jack and Jill, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Grown Ups 2
TV Show The Larry Sanders Show, Typical Rick, Sugar and Toys
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Professional since 1994, a multi-talented personality Peter Dante is an American character actor, comedian & musician. Widely famous & trademarked for mostly working with actor/ producer Adam Sandler and in Happy Madison Productions movies, Dante records 29 acting credits in 2020. Throughout his career journey, the Connecticut-born got wide acclaim with his acting prominence. He has worked in many box-office successful films that include The Wedding Singer (1998), The Waterboy (1998), 50 First Dates (2004), Just Go with It (2011), and Grown Ups 2 (2013).

Aside from his own professional portfolio, Pete grabbed the limelight with his relationship with ex-wife Cynthia Pett-Dante's career too; she works as Brad Pitt’s manager.

Age, Early Life & Education

Peter Francis Dante was born on December 16, 1968, in West Hartford, Connecticut, the USA. His father's name is Anthony Dante while his mother is Joan Dante. He holds an American by nationality.

CAPTION: Peter Dante with his parents SOURCE: [email protected]_presidante

Dante attended Hofstra University and played lacrosse; moreover, he would later serve as an assistant coach for the lacrosse team of Loyola Marymount University during the 2011 season. Reportedly, through his post-graduate year (1987-1988) at Fork Union Military Academy, he played football and lacrosse.

As of May 2021, the 5 feet 11.5 inches (182 cm) tall actor is 51 years old.

When Did Peter Dante Make Acting Debut?

Dante made his on-screen debut in 1995 through the sitcom The Jeff Foxworthy Show and then in The Larry Sanders Show (1995-96). The American actor got his feature film debut & a jump to the limelight with romantic-comedy The Wedding Singer starring Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and Christine Taylor. The movie became a box-office hit with a collection of  $123.3 million over the budget of $23 million.

Since Peter is a good friend of Adam Sandler, he frequently appears in the films starring Sandler; moreover, the films from Happy Madison Productions adds up to the specification. 

Having appeared in The Waterboy (1998) and Big Daddy (1999), the American actor, for the first time working in the Happy Maidson Production film Little Nicky in 2000 opposite Patricia Arquette. Ever since he has mostly worked in the production's movies that features Adam Sandler, some of them include:

  • Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
  • Mr. Deeds (2002) starring Winona Ryder & Peter Gallagher
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • Grandma's Boy (2006)
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) featuring Kevin James & Jessica Biel
  • Strange Wilderness (2008) starring Steve Zahn, Allen Covert & Jonah Hill
  • Just Go with It (2011)
  • Jack and Jill (2011)
  • Grown Ups 2 (2013)

From the late 90s to the early 2010s, Dante actively worked on the big screens along with minor TV roles. However, after mid-2010, his on-screen participation seems comparatively less.

Career Update

Having worked in the TV series Typical Rick (2017) and Sugar and Toys (2019), Peter Dante recently completed his project The Pizza Joint. As per IMDB, his comedy film Road to Wherever is under pre-production with Dian Bachar and Philip Ethridge in the main cast.

He will portray Ermie Lazlo in the upcoming drama Paper Bullets (announced but further details are yet to be out).

Did you know? Peter Dante met Adam Sandler when they both attended a basketball match; at that time, Dante was already working as a production assistant on 'The Larry Sanders Show'. After exchanging a fan-celebrity conversation, Sandler reportedly recognized a fellow New Englander accent and asked Dante to play a one-on-one basketball game with him. It was the start of their friendship.

Net Worth In 2021

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Dante, in his early 50s, has a net worth of $10 million in November 2020. No doubt, the Connecticut-born actor made a chunk of his fortune through his acting career. Thanks to his friendship with Adam Sandler and notable roles in many box-offices hit films.

Check it out:

Films Budget Box-Office Collection
Grown Ups 2 (2013) $80 million $247 million
Jack and Jill (2011) $79 million $149.7 million
Just Go with It (2011) $48 million $215 million
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) $85 million $187.1 million
50 First Dates (2004) $75 million $196.3 million
Mr. Deeds (2002) $50 million $171.3 million
Big Daddy (1999) $34.2 million $234.8 million
The Waterboy (1998) $23 million $190 million
The Wedding Singer (1998) $18 million $123.3 million

As for a fact, Peter Dante wrote, produced, and starred in the 2006 American stoner comedy Grandma's Boy. Although it made only $7 million at the box office, the DVD sales made over $30 million.

CAPTION: Millionaire actor Peter Dante is also a singer-songwriter and musician SOURCE: Instagram @el_presidante

Aside from acting, he earns a considerable sum through his career as a musician and singer/songwriter. A member of the music group Rad Omen, Dante has also released his debut album Peace, Love, and Freedom in 2011. His popular songs include Dirty Road and My Purple Tree And Me.

Regarding his portfolio, the Grown Ups 2 actor is pretty low-key.

Lawsuit Over A Property Fraud

Reportedly in May 2018, Peter and his then-wife Cynthia saw a lawsuit by Megan Fox alleging that the couple's Malibu home sold to Fox had serious issues including a serious mold problem, and referred to it as 'money pit'. Megan had purchased the property for $3.2 million in 2016 and was asking for $5 million in damages.

Later in October 2018, Cynthia made highlights stating that Fox's lawsuit was a fraud and filed documents asking the court to dismiss the case. Furthermore, she added that the Jennifer's Body actress had bought the property after 3 months closing period and several inspections.

Relationship Status

Peter Dante was in a marital relationship with then-wife Cynthia Pett-Dante. However, the details of their wedding or courtship never came up. Moreover, they became parents of 2 children: Jake Dante and Lucas Dante.

In 2015, Dante's son Jake was sued by a victim named Davidson alleging Jakes' involvement resulted in a broken nose and a dislocated shoulder.

As of now, Peter and Cynthia are already divorced. According to UniCourt, the actor's then-wife Pett-Dante filed for divorce on April 4, 2010, at Los Angeles County Superior Courts in LA, California. No further report of Peter's relationship is out; he is not officially dating or has any publicly disclosed girlfriend after his split.

The Waterboy actor is an avid user of Instagram (@el_presidante) and Twitter (@El_PresiDante) with over 158K and 19.1K followers respectively.