Actor Peter Scolari Dies at 66
He's best known for his work in 'Bosom Buddies,' 'Newhart' and 'Girls'
Published Oct 22, 2021Actor Peter Scolari — best known for his roles in Newhart, Girls, and Bosom Buddies, which he starred in alongside Tom Hanks — has died at age 66 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Scolari starred in Bosom Buddies from 1980 to 1982 alongside a then-unknown Hanks, sparking a long-term friendship between the two actors. Scolari would later appear in Hanks' directorial debut That Thing You Do and several other Hanks-involved projects.
Scolari was nominated for multiple Emmys during his tenure on TV, and in 2016, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Tad Horvath — Lena Dunham's character's father — in Girls.
Most recently, Scolari had appeared in Evil, Gotham, Fosse/Verdon and Lisey's Story.
Robert King, co-creator of Evil, took to Twitter today, writing that Scolari "was one of the funniest — sneakily funny — actors we've worked with. He always took a nothing scene and found different ways to twist it, and throw in odd pauses that made it jump … He was just wonderful."
"Beyond everything else, Peter Scolari was a mensch, a hard worker, a thoughtful actor, always a pleasure on a set," King added.
Scolari is survived by his wife and four children.