Peter Scolari, actor of “Newhart” and “Bosom Buddies”, dies at 66 – .

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Peter Scolari, actor of “Newhart” and “Bosom Buddies”, dies at 66 – .


Peter Scolari, who rose to fame on the brilliant but canceled “Bosom Buddies” alongside Tom Hanks, died Friday morning at the age of 66 from cancer, after a two-year illness.

His death was confirmed by his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.

Scolari was a prolific actor, both on television and on Broadway. He won an Emmy in 2016 for his portrayal of Tad Horvath in “Girls,” Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) father. From 1987 to 1989, he was nominated three times for Emmy Supporting Actor for his role as Michael Harris in Bob Newhart’s beloved CBS comedy “Newhart”.

Scolari was working until recently and starred in the recently concluded second season of “Evil,” in which he played Bishop Thomas Marx.

The actor has appeared on Broadway several times, most notably in “Hairspray,  » “Sneaky fox”, « Wicked », « Magic/Bird » – et avec Hanks dans « Lucky Guy » en 2013.

“Bosom Buddies” only aired for two seasons on ABC, but it set in motion the careers of Hanks and Scolari. On the show, Henry (Scolari) and Kip (Hanks) – young New York professionals working at an advertising agency – adopt drag personas to move into a cheap women-only residence, the Susan B. Anthony Hotel. They also pretend to be the brothers of Buffy (Hanks) and Hildegard (Scolari), in order to make life a little easier, and thus be able to flirt with the women who also live in the hotel.

Kip de Hanks was sarcastic and funny, and Henry de Scolari was sweet and nervous – a perfect combination, if not for a long-running show, than for a friendship between the two actors. Prior to appearing on Broadway with Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” Scolari made a cameo appearance in Hanks’ first film, “That Thing You Do!”

While Hanks left “Bosom Buddies” a leading man, Scolari became a character actor. He starred in the syndicated television adaptation of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” from 1997 to 2000, appeared as a corrupt police commissioner in Fox’s “Gotham” and in 2016 starred in the HBO TV movie “Madoff. As Peter Madoff.

Scolari’s 2016 Emmy win was practically a fluke. He was not among the original nominees for the guest actor that year, but after it was determined that “Veep’s Peter MacNicol was technically ineligible for the nomination because he had appeared in too many ‘episodes to be considered in the category, Scolari was added to the ballot.

The victory was especially sweet given, as Scolari then noted behind the scenes, the inevitable peaks and valleys of an actor’s career.

“I have been in this field for 42 years,” he said. “I really wanted to. At the same time, he said winning after four previous nominations was also a lesson in humility.

“The worst thing for an actor is to buy his own hype,” he continued after winning. “I’ll be 61 on Monday. I want to celebrate the blessings as a human being that have been given to me.

Robert and Michelle King, the creators of “Evil,” have released a statement about the pleasures of working with Scolari.

“Peter was loved on our set by the cast, crew and writers, not only because he was a mensch and a generous actor, but because he took on what was otherwise the role of a straight man and turned it into a comedic pleasure. He always found different ways to phrase things or find strange pauses in the middle of sentences. You could see him shaping the lines looking for laughs. Watching his dailies was always a pleasure because you saw his profession in action. He worked with us until April 27 and he was great in every episode. He will be sorely missed. “

Scolari is survived by his wife, Tracy Shayne, and children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali.

In a biography of Scolari provided by her manager, “According to Ms. Shayne, the only thing that matched her love for her family and her passion for acting was her love of being of service to others. “

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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