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Peter Scolari passes at age 66 following cancer battle  

Peter Scolari, who rose to fame opposite Tom Hanks on Bosom Buddies, passes at age 66 following cancer battle

  • Peter Scolari, who rose to fame opposite Tom Hanks on the series Bosom Buddies, has passed at age 66
  • The Emmy award winning actor passed following a two year long battle with cancer
  • Scolari was nominated three times for an Emmy for the sitcom Newhart
  • He won an Emmy for his role playing Lena Dunham’s on-screen father Tad Horvath on Girls in 2016


Bosom Buddies star and Emmy award winning actor Peter Scolari has passed at the age of 66 following a two year long battle with cancer. 

His manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment, confirmed his death, according to Variety.

Scolari, who died Friday morning, starred opposite Tom Hanks in the cancelled comedy show Bosom Buddies, which saw the two actors play men dressing in drag in order to live in an affordable, women-only property. 

Bosom Buddies star Peter Scolari has passed at the age of 66 following a two year long battle with cancer

The show was ultimately cancelled after two seasons in 1982, but the actors remained friends and worked together on subsequent projects, including Hanks’ directorial debut, That Thing You Do!  

Scolari was nominated three times for an Emmy for his role in the sitcom Newhart, and he would eventually win the trophy in 2016 when he played Lena Dunham’s on-screen father Tad Horvath on Girls. 

The actor received the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. 

Among his many credits, Scolari played producer Michael Harris on Newhart from 1984 to 1990, Commissioner Loeb on Gotham in 2015, and Wayne Szalinski on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. 

His most recent role was that of Bishop Thomas Marx on the Paramount+ series Evil.

Scolari, who died Friday morning, starred opposite Tom Hanks in the cancelled comedy show Bosom Buddies, which saw the two play men dressing in drag in order to live in an affordable, women-only property

Scolari, who died Friday morning, starred opposite Tom Hanks in the cancelled comedy show Bosom Buddies, which saw the two play men dressing in drag in order to live in an affordable, women-only property

Scolari and Hanks in Bosom Buddies

Scolari and Hanks in Bosom Buddies 

The actor received an Emmy playing Lena Dunham's on-screen father Tad Horvath in the HBO show Girls

The actor received an Emmy playing Lena Dunham’s on-screen father Tad Horvath in the HBO show Girls 

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