Patrick Bristow (born September 26, 1962) is an American actor and comedian.
Perhaps most recognizable for his bright red hair and for his role as Peter, the gay best-friend of Ellen Morgan on the series Ellen, Patrick is currently a cast member of the Independent Film Channel's critically acclaimed series The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman and has a recurring role on the hit Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Patrick, the sarcastic critical man who is in charge of the Tipton Restaurant. He appeared in several episodes of the US improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? He also has a recurring role as a nameless gay member of the PTA on King of the Hill.
Patrick is also currently Stage Show Director and Host for the Jim Henson Company's Puppet Up!, which combines comedic improvisation with puppetry.
One of the more recognizable character actors working today, Bristow is a veteran of numerous high-profile TV guest-star roles that include Seinfeld's "The Wig Master", his recurring role as the Machiavellian Troy on Mad About You, and Larry David's choreographer on Curb Your Enthusiasm . He shot a pilot in the late 1990s of a show called An American Family that was supposed to be shown on UPN but was never picked up. He has also guest starred on Malcolm in the Middle.
Bristow was recently nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and took home a Back Stage West Garland Award for originating the role of Bob in The Breakup Notebook: The Lesbian Musical, which received the prestigious 2006 Ovation Award for World Premiere Musical. Bristow is also an alumnus of the Los Angeles landmark sketch comedy/improv troupe The Groundlings, where he still occasionally performs. He also had a role in the hit TV show Charmed. Film work has included Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as a tour guide at Virtucon, the cult camp-classic Showgirls, The Longest Yard, Twilight of the Golds, and the independent films Jimmy and Judy and Enigma with a Stigma.
A Los Angeles native, Bristow is the third child of former performers Frank Bristow and Patricia O'Kane and still resides in his hometown with his partner since 1994, Andrew Nicastro, former Director of Global Production for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation.
Bristow has also appeared as a guest star on That's so Raven episode "The Road to Audition" working as an undercover bug-inspector disguised as a janitor that Raven mistakenly referred to as a talent scout.
Bristow's most recent television appearances include "CSI" and a recurring role on the Starz Network's "Headcase".
He also continues to teach improv in Los Angeles through his own school/repetory company, Improvatorium.