Peter Scolari, ‘who was most recently seen ‘ on the ‘CBS series’ “Evil,” died after a 2-year fight with cancer.
Peter Scolari, who came to fame with ‘Tom Hanks’ on the wonderful but canceled ‘Bosom Buddies,’ died of cancer ‘on Friday morning’ at ‘the age of 66 ‘following a 2-year battle.
His death was verified by his manager at Wright Entertainment, Ellen Lubin Snitsky.
Scolari was a well-known actor who appeared on both television and Broadway.
In 2016, he received an Emmy for his role of Tad Horvath, Hannah’s father, in “Girls” (Lena Dunham).
He was ‘nominated 3 times for supporting actor Emmys’ for his portrayal as Michael Harris on Bob Newhart’s CBS sitcom “Newhart” from 1987 to 1989.
Scolari remained working ‘until recently ‘, and he played’ Bishop Thomas Marx’ on the just-ended second season of “Evil.”
Scolari has performed on Broadway several times, notably in “Hairspray,” “Sly Fox,” “Wicked,” “Magic/Bird,” and “Lucky Guy” starring Tom Hanks in 2013.
“Bosom Buddies” only lasted two seasons on ABC, but it launched the careers of both Hanks and Scolari.
Henry (Scolari) and Kip (Hanks), two young professional New Yorkers who work at an advertising firm, assume drag identities in order to relocate into Susan B. Anthony Hotel, a low-cost women-only home.
They also pretend to be Buffy’s (Hanks) and Hildegard’s (Scolari) brothers to make their life a little easier and flirt with the other ladies that stay at the motel.
Kip,’ played by Tom Hanks’, was snarky and humorous, and Henry, played by Scolari, was charming and anxious — an ideal pairing, if not for a long-running sitcom, then for a relationship between the two performers. Scolari had a cameo role in Hanks’ directorial debut, 1996’s “That Thing You Do!” before joining Hanks on Broadway in “Lucky Guy.”
Scolari is survived by his children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali, as well as his wife Tracy Shayne.