Peter Scolari – Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Passed Away At The Age Of 66!

Peter Scolari Died: His manager, Wright Entertainment’s Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed his death on Friday at the age of 66. Peter Scolari was an Emmy Award-winning actor who co-starred in the ABC comedy “Bosom Buddies” with Tom Hanks. At this point, his battle with cancer had lasted more than two years.

He was well recognised for his portrayal as Tad Horvath on HBO’s “Girls,” in which he played the father of creator Lena Dunham’s primary character Hannah. Scolari was also famous for playing Bob Newhart’s innkeeper on the CBS sitcom “Newhart,” which ran from 1982 to 1990 and portrayed Bob Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper.

“Bosom,” which ran for only two seasons from 1980 to 1982, gave Scolari and Hanks their breakout performances (and in which they remained lifelong friends, according to Deadline).

Scolari and Hanks portrayed young professionals in New York who dressed in drag to reside in a cheap women’s hotel, with Scolari portraying the courteous, shy Henry and Hanks portraying the boisterous, caustic Kip. Furthermore, their alter egos pretended to be the brothers of Buffy (Hanks) and Hildegard (Hayden), respectively (Scolari).

Peter Scolari Died

Peter Scolari has passed away.

Scolari’s most recent television appearances include a recurring role on the Paramount+ series “Evil,” in which he played Bishop Thomas Marx for the first two seasons. His most recent appearance was on September 26 in the episode “I Am for the IRS.”

His Emmy nomination for guest performer in a comedy on “Girls” in 2016 came after three nominations in the same category for his role as Michael Harris, the annoying husband of the inn’s maid (Julia Duffy) on “Newhart” from 1987 to 1989.

Some of his Broadway roles include the Wizard of Oz in “Wicked,” Yogi Berra in the short-lived “Bronx Bombers,” and Wilbur Turnblad alongside Harvey Fierstein in “Hairspray.”

Scolari was born in the New Rochelle neighbourhood of New York City in the year 1955.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Bob Newhart said, “I was informed that Peter was ill, but his death still comes as a big shock.” “We had been friends and coworkers for over 40 years. Julia and Peter’s portrayal of a vacuous marriage would not have made Newhart the success it is today (Michael and Stephanie). He was a fantastic person in real life, and it was a pleasure to work with him. His demise at the age of 66 was way too soon, and he will be sorely missed.”

People took to social media after hearing the news to express their sympathies.

“There is no better companion,” Julia Duffy, his “Newhart” co-star, said beside a photo of the two of them together on Twitter.

On Instagram, Lena Dunham, the creator (and star) of the television series “Girls,” paid homage to the show.

 

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She is “the shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian, and the most humble icon,” according to Dunham. “You’d seen enough of life to recognise that a television show was just that: a television show,” the director says. “But you’d also seen enough to appreciate what it meant to be able to pretend for a living, and you never let us forget that this work was a privilege.”

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Robert King, co-creator and showrunner of “Evil,” described the actor as “one of the funniest—sneakily funny—actors we’ve worked with” in a series of tweets. “His ability to twist it in unexpected ways and incorporate strange pauses that made it jump altered an apparently inconsequential moment.” I’m going to make an effort to better organise my thoughts. He was truly amazing.”

“Sad to see the news that Peter Scolari lost his battle with cancer,” Harvey Fierstein commented. There was no one on the earth who was sweeter than him. We worked together in HAIRSPRAY for a while, and he was always a total pleasure to work with. “Goodbye, sweet Peter.”

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