Tolan won his first Emmy Award on Murphy Brown, and his second Emmy for writing (with Garry Shandling) the series finale of The Larry Sanders Show, an episode that also won the prestigious Peabody Award.
His other TV writing credits include Murphy Brown, Billy Crystal's HBO series Sessions, Style and Substance and The Job" with Denis Leary. This past year he has been an executive producer and writer on Leary's highly praised new series Rescue Me.
Tolan, who hails from Massachusetts, attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. While at school he wrote a series of successful musical comedy revues about campus life. After college, Tolan went to work as an actor/writer at Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. He then went on to New York where he wrote one-act plays that were produced there. He also performed with a partner, Linda Wallem, eventually doing an Off-Broadway show Laughing Matters. Soon after, he came to Los Angeles and started working in television and film.
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