Pete Gardner

Pete Gardner (aka Pete Zahradnick) was born and raised in Scarsdale, New York. He went to college at Skidmore, in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1986, He moved to Chicago to pursue improv. He studied at ImprovOlympic with Del Close and was on a house team there for many years. Pete then joined the group ED, which lead to creating Jazz Freddy in 1992 at the Live Bait Theatre where he had a vision to do more patient, theatrical improv. He later began directing at Second City.

Gardner lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Known For


Cast Credits

Son of Zorn (2016)
Guest starring as Football Coach
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
Starring as Darryl Whitefeather (37 episodes)
1600 Penn (2012)
Guest starring as Pete (2 episodes)
Perception (2012)
Guest starring as Simon Kaydee
  • Episode 1x03: 86'd (Jul 23, 2012)
The Middle (2009)
Guest starring as Mr. Finch
Psych (2006)
Guest starring as Stumpy
Bones (2005)
Guest starring as Gary Flannery
Boston Legal (2004)
Guest starring as Mr. Nayman
Cold Case (2003)
Guest starring as Russell Bennet
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Detective Daniel Swanson
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Dr. Scott
Angel (1999)
Guest starring as Joseph Kramer
  • Episode 2x18: Dead End (Apr 24, 2001) [Co-Star]
Home Improvement (1991)
Guest starring as Fred