Peter Scolari, who starred reverse lifelong good friend Tom Hanks within the early Nineteen Eighties sitcom Bosom Buddies, died Friday. He was 66.
Scolari, an Emmy winner whose credit additionally included Newhart and HBO’s Ladies, had been dwelling with most cancers for the previous two years.
A local of New Rochelle, New York, Scolari landed his first main performing position within the short-lived 1980 ABC comedy Goodtime Ladies. Later that 12 months, he and a then-unknown Hanks starred in Bosom Buddies, enjoying two guys who disguise themselves as ladies to dwell in an reasonably priced, all-female condominium constructing.
The present, additionally on ABC, lasted simply two seasons, nevertheless it sparked a 40-plus 12 months friendship between the 2 actors. Scolari and Hanks would work collectively a number of instances over the following a long time, with Scolari showing in his good friend’s directorial debut, That Factor You Do!, and the Hanks-produced HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. The 2 each did voice work on 2003’s The Polar Categorical.
Following the 1982 cancellation of Bosom Buddies, Scolari joined Newhart in 1984 and remained with the present till its conclusion in 1990. He grew to become shut buddies with and a frequent golf accomplice of star Bob Newhart through the present’s run they usually remained shut afterward.
Scolari was nominated for 3 Emmys for his position on Newhart. Twenty-seven years after his third nomination for that present, he received a visitor performing Emmy for enjoying Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) father on HBO’s Ladies.
In recent times, Scolari has recurred on the CBS turned Paramount+ drama Evil and appeared on collection together with Fox’s Gotham, FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Lisey’s Story at Apple TV+.
Evil co-creator Robert King, wrote on Twitter Friday that Scolari “was one of many funniest — sneakily humorous — actors we’ve labored with. He at all times took a nothing scene and located alternative ways to twist it, and throw in odd pauses that made it leap. … He was simply fantastic.”
“Past all the things else, Peter Scolari was a mensch, a tough employee, a considerate actor, at all times a pleasure on a set,” King added.
He additionally had an in depth listing of stage credit, enjoying roles in Depraved, Hairspray and the play Fortunate Man — which marked one other reunion with Hanks — on Broadway.
Scolari is survived by his spouse, Tracy Shayne, and youngsters Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali. He was beforehand married to Debra Steagal and Cathy Trien.