Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included the yuppie producer on “Newhart” and closeted dad in “Girls,” has died. He was 66 years old at his death on Friday morning with friends like Tom Hanks sharing their condolences for this legend of stage and screen passes away last year following complications from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment
Peter Scoonari: A fine example if you’re looking for someone who could do it all! Whether he’s playing alongside some big names such as Al Pacino or Amy Schumer (and even though she may be newer), Peter will always give 110% no matter what role is thrown into front of him; seeing examples like these never gets boring thanks
Scolari passed away Friday morning in New York after fighting two years of cancer, according to Ellen Lubin Sanitsky his manager. He first gained attention as the unknown Hanks’ co-star from 1980-82 sitcom Bosom Buddies; they played characters that disguised themselves as women and lived in affordable housing at female colleges across America for their studies. The duo went on to work together including Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” which is based on Mike M’Falary newspaper columnist who uncovered corruption within local government while covering stories about raccoon exterminators before 9/11 happened (no joke).
Scolari also played on Broadway in “Wicked.” His recent roles include Bishop Thomas Marx from the supernatural series Evil and 2014’s Bronx Bombers, where he starred as baseball legend Yogi Berra.
He was remembered for his quick wit by co-creator Robert King: “Just wonderful!”
He received three Emmy nominations playing husband Michael to Julia Duffy’s character Stephanie and boss to Bob Newhart’s inn owner in 1980s sitcom “Newhart.” In 2016, he won the award for his role as Ted Horvath on “Girls,” which also stars actress Lena Dunham. The show follows a family coping with their father coming out of hiding after being gay-bashed by friends and family members alike while trying to reconnect at home again following years away from them all because it just wasn’t fair anymore what they put him through before finally leaving wife/motherhood behind once already happy enough living life alone unnoticed until now.
Scolari, a former Notre Dame football player, and actor whose previous marriages ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Tracy Shayne who portrayed Berra’s wife alongside him on Bronx Bombers; Scolari’s survivors also include children Nicholas (an MMA fighter), Joseph- the finest swordsman alive today? Keaton – singer-songwriter turned folk-rocker Cali.
Scolari’s family is mourning the loss of a great man, father, and husband. Scolaire was married to actress Tracy Shayne who starred opposite him in “Bronx Bombers.” He leaves behind five children: Nicholas (31), Joseph(27) Keaton(23); Cali (&22).
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