R.I. P. Peter Scolari, Bosom Buddies and Girls actor

After a two-year battle against cancer, actor Peter Scolari died Friday morning. Ellen Lubin-Sanitsky, his manager confirmed his death. He was 66.


Scolari started acting on the screen in late 1970s. Scolari's first TV role was as a recurring character on the ABC sitcom Goodtime Girls in 1980. He played Benny Loman, a street performer, alongside Annie Potts and Georgia Engel.

The following year, he starred alongside Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies, an ABC sitcom. Hanks also directed That Thing You Do! which reunited him with Bosom Buddies costar.

Bosom Buddies was cancelled in 1982. He was then cast in smaller roles on classic TV shows such as Family Ties, The Love Boat and Happy Days. His second starring role was in CBS's CBS series Newhart. He plays Michael Harris, the producer for Bob Newharts TV character Dick Loudons. He was nominated for three Emmys for that role.

He was the starring actor in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids TV Show 1997, playing Wayne Szalinski, a kooky inventor originally played by Rick Moranis.

He appeared in many TV shows over the years, including The West Wing, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Ally McBeal. He voiced characters on beloved animated children's shows like Hey Arnold!, Whats New Scooby Doo? and Pinky And The Brain.

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His next major recurring role in Girls was as Hannah Horvath's father, Tad, played by Lena Dunhams. He won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series Guest Actor in 2016 for that role.

His final roles were in Apple TV+'s horror miniseries Liseys Story, based on Stephen King's novel of the name, and Paramount+'s supernatural drama Evil.