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

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Peter Scolari, ‘Newhart’ and ‘Bosom Buddies’ Actor, Dies at 66
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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 for his portrayal of Tad Horvath on “Girls,” the father of Hannah (Lena Dunham). In 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 was frequently featured on the recently concluded second season of “Evil,” as Bishop Thomas Marx.

On stage, Scolari appeard on Broadway many times, including in “Hairspray,” “Sly Fox,” Wicked,” “Magic/Bird” and with Hanks in “Lucky Guy” in 2013.

Scolari is survived by his wife, Tracy Shayne, and children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali.

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