Scolari died Friday morning in New York after battling cancer for two years, according to Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, his manager. He first gained attention as the then-unknown Hanks co-star on the 1980-1982 sitcom Bosom buddies, in which their characters disguised themselves as women to live in affordable female-only housing.
The two actors went on to work together in projects such as Hanks’ debut film in 1996. This thing you do! and in 2013 A lucky guy, Nora Ephron’s play about columnist Mike McAlary.
Scolari also appeared on Broadway in Bad, Hair spray and 2014 Bronx Bombers, in which he played Yogi Berra baseball.
His recent roles have included Bishop Thomas Marx in the supernatural series Times. Series co-creator Robert King remembered him as “just wonderful.”
Scolari was “one of the funniest – deviously funny – actors we’ve ever worked with. He’s always taken a scene from nothing and found different ways to twist it and make weird breaks that blew him up, ”King said on Twitter.
He received three Emmy nominations for playing the boss of Bob Newhart’s inn owner and local television host on the 1980s sitcom. Newhart.
In 2016, he won an Emmy for the role of Ted Horvath, father of Hannah and Lena Dunham, in Girls. In the course of the dramatic comedy created by Dunham, Ted turns out to be gay and leaves his wife to flourish.
Scolari’s more than four-decade career included guest roles on IS, White collar and Blue blood.
He is survived by his wife, actress Tracy Shayne, who starred opposite him as Berra’s wife in Bronx Bombers, and his children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali.