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Peter Scolari of ‘Newhart,’ ‘Bosom Buddies,’ dies at 66

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Scolari, a versatile character actor whose television roles included a yuppie producer on “Newhart” and a closeted dad on “Girls” and who was on Broadway with longtime friend Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy,” has died. He was 66.

Scolari died Friday morning in New York after fighting cancer for two years, according to Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, his manager.

He first gained attention as the then-unknown Hanks’ co-star in the 1980-82 sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” in which their characters disguised themselves as women to live in affordable, females-only housing.

The two actors went on to work together in projects including Hanks’ 1996 movie directorial debut “That Thing You Do!” and in 2013′s “Lucky Guy,” Nora Ephron’s play about newspaper columnist Mike McAlary.

Peter Scolari, ‘Bosom Buddies’ and ‘Newhart’ star, has died

(CNN)Peter Scolari, a veteran actor who rose to fame alongside Tom Hanks on “Bosom Buddies,” died Friday morning.Scolari had cancer and had been ill for two years, his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky told CNN. He was 66.Scolari appeared in numerous films and television series over the years, including “Newhart,” “Murphy Brown,” and “The Good Fight.” He won an Emmy in 2016 for his portrayal of Hannah’s father Tad Horvath on “Girls.”

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.

Peter Scolari Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Bosom Buddies’, ‘Newhart’, ‘Girls’ Actor Was 66

Peter Scolari, the prolific television and stage actor who found instant fame and a lifelong friendship with Tom Hanks when the two co-starred in the hit 1980 TV comedy Bosom Buddies, died early Friday morning following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66.

His death was announced by Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.

Scolari’s 43-year show business career included such highlights as his Emmy-nominated series regular role of producer Michael Harris on Bob Newhart’s 1984-90 comedy Newhart, an Emmy-winning recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls, and, most recently, his role as Bishop Thomas Marx on the CBS supernatural drama Evil.

Actor Peter Scolari, of ‘Bosom Buddies,’ ‘Newhart’ and ‘Girls’ fame, dies at 66

Emmy-winning actor Peter Scolari, who co-starred with Tom Hanks in ABC’s comedy “Bosom Buddies,” died Friday at age 66, according to his manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, at Wright Entertainment. He had battled cancer for two years.

Scolari was also known for his role in the CBS sitcom “Newhart,” which starred Bob Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper and aired from 1982-90, and an Emmy-winning guest role on HBO’s “Girls,” in which he played Tad Horvath, the enabling father of Hannah, the main character portrayed by creator Lena Dunham.

“Bosom” proved the breakout role for both Scolari and Hanks (who remained lifelong friends, according to Deadline), but aired for only two seasons, from 1980-82.

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