Scott Eric Weinger (born October 5, 1975) is an American actor, telvision producer and writer, best known as the speaking voice of Aladdin in Walt 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" on Full House for two seasons. He is currently writing for television, and has written for both comedy and drama.
Weinger was born in Manhattan, New York to Jewish parents Babs and Elliot Weinger. He spent the majority of his formative years in Florida. He moved to Los Angeles when his career began to take off.
Weinger first became interested in acting in the third grade, when an actor gave a presentation for Career Day. He pestered his parents to get him an agent until they finally realized that their son was serious about becoming an actor. Weinger's first job was a national television commercial for Ideal Toys.
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.
He had a guest appearance on the NBC's Scrubs for the season 6 episode My Coffee as Dr. Kershnar.
Weinger was cast as Aladdin, the street urchin in Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature film Aladdin. He would reprise the role for the Disney Channel Aladdin series, the direct-to-video sequels The Return Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and in English-language versions of the Square Enix/Disney Kingdom Hearts video game series.
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.
Since his return to Hollywood, he has produced an award winning film short, 2002's The Cricket Player; 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 Philhar Magic. In 2006, he had a guest-starring role on the NBC Comedy Scrubs. He also reprised his role as Aladdin in House of Mouse.
Television writing and producing
In the past several years, Weinger has emerged as a prolific television writer, and has written for situation comedies as well as hour long dramas. His first shows were the comedies Like Family and What I like About You. While writing for What I Like About You he appeared frequently on the show as the police officer boyfriend of Allison Munn's character. From 2008 to 2009 he was a writer for the critically acclaimed CW Television Network drama Privileged. He is currently a writer-producer for the CW drama 90210 (2011).