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    Peter Scolari, Newhart and Bosom Buddies Actor, Dies at 66

    Peter Scolari, ‘Newhart’ and ‘Bosom Buddies’ Actor, Dies at 66

    Peter Scolari, who rose to stardom on the brilliant-but-canceled “Bosom Buddies” alongside Tom Hanks, died Friday morning at age 66 of cancer, after a two-year illness.

    His death was confirmed by his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.

    Scolari was a prolific actor, both on television and on Broadway. He won an Emmy in 2016 for his portrayal of Tad Horvath on “Girls,” the father of Hannah (Lena Dunham). From 1987-1989, he was nominated three times for supporting actor Emmys for his role as Michael Harris on “Newhart,” Bob Newhart’s beloved CBS comedy.

    Scolari was working until recently, and co-starred on the just-concluded second season of “Evil,” on which he played Bishop Thomas Marx.

    The actor appeared on Broadway many times, including in “Hairspray,” “Sly Fox,” Wicked,” “Magic/Bird” — and with Hanks in “Lucky Guy” in 2013.

    “Bosom Buddies” aired for only two seasons on ABC, but it set in motion both Hanks’ and Scolari’s careers. On the show, Henry (Scolari) and Kip (Hanks) — young professional New Yorkers, who work at an advertising agency — adopt drag personas in order to move into an inexpensive women-only residence, the Susan B. Anthony Hotel. They also pose as the brothers of Buffy (Hanks) and Hildegard (Scolari), in order to make their lives slightly easier, and so they can flirt with the women who also live at the hotel.

    Hanks’ Kip was sarcastic and funny, and Scolari’s Henry was sweet and nervous — a perfect combination, if not for a long-running show, than for a friendship between the two actors. Before appearing on Broadway with Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” Scolari had a cameo appearance in Hanks’ directorial debut, 1996’s “That Thing You Do!”

    Whereas Hanks left “Bosom Buddies” a leading man, Scolari became a character actor. He starred on the syndicated TV adaptation of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” from 1997-2000, appared as the corrupt police commissioner on Fox’s “Gotham,” and co-starred in 2016 in HBO’s TV movie “Madoff” as Peter Madoff.
    Scolari is survived by his wife, Tracy Shayne, and children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali.

    In a biography of Scolari provided by his manager, “According to Ms. Shayne, the only thing that matched his love for his family and his passion for acting was his love of being in service to others.”

    I thought he was a brilliant "Michael" in "Newhart."

    I am saddened to know of his passing.
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    Thats a shame. I like that guy.

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