Emmy winning actor Peter Scolari, who co-starred with Tom Hanks in ABC’s comedy “dear friendAccording to Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, his manager at Wright Entertainment, “died Friday at the age of 66. He had battled cancer for two years.
Scolari was also known for his role in the CBS sitcom “Newhart”, which starred Bob Newhart as the Vermont Innkeeper and aired from 1982–90, and made an Emmy-winning guest appearance on HBO’s “Girls”, In which he played the role of Tad Horvath. The main character portrayed by producer Lena Dunham, Hannah’s capable father.
“Bossom” proved to be a breakout role for both Scolari and Hanks (according to who remained lifelong friends). time limit), but aired for only two seasons from 1980–82.
Scolari played Hanks’ boisterous, sarcastic kip from the nice, shy Henry to two young New York professionals who were dressed in drag to stay at an affordable women’s hotel. Their characters were also introduced as brothers to their alter egos Buffy (Hanks) and Hildegard (Scolari).
Scolari’s recent TV credits include a recurring role on the Paramount+ series “Evil”, where he played Bishop Thomas Marks in the first two seasons of the spiritual thriller. His most recent appearance was in the September 26 episode, “I’m for the IRS.”
His 2016 Emmy for Guest Actor in a Comedy on “Girls” earned him three nominations for his role as Michael Harris, the official husband of the tavern maid (Julia Duffy) on “Newhart” from 1987 to 1989.
On Broadway, his roles included The Wizard of Oz in “Wicked”, Yogi Berra in the short-lived “Bronx Bombers”, and Wilbur Turnblad opposite Harvey Feuerstein in “Hairspray”.
Scolari was born in 1955 in New Rochelle, New York. Social media was flooded with tributes after the news broke.
“No Better Partner,” His “Newhart” Co-Star Julia Duffy Posted on Twitter with a picture of the pair.
“Evil” Co-Producer and Showrunner robert king He wrote several tweets about the actor, calling him “one of the funniest-secretly funny-actors we’ve worked with,” he said. “He always took the nothing scene and found different ways to turn it around, and threw in weird pauses that made it jump. I’ll try to collect more of my thoughts. That was just amazing.”
“#RIP Dear Peter Scolari,” actress Jackie Hoffman wrote on twitter. “I was lucky enough to work with you and learn from you on stage and screen. A lovely funny cool dude. I hope you find gigs wherever you are.”
actor David Kaufman wrote: “RIP this morning, Peter Scolari was stunned.”
Harvey Fairstein Added: “Sad to see the news that Peter Scolari lost his battle with cancer. There was no sweet man on the planet. We performed together at Hairspray for a while and he was always an absolute delight. Farewell, dear Peter. “
Contributions: Jenna Ryu, Gary Levine and Kelly Lawler, USA Today