Peter Scolari Biography – Peter Scolari Wiki
Peter Scolari (born Peter Thomas Scolari) was an American actor, best known for starring alongside Tom Hanks in ABC’s comedy “Bosom Buddies”. He was also known for his role in the CBS sitcom “Newhart,” and on HBO’s “Girls”. Before appearing in Bosom Buddies, he had appeared on television in the 1979’s Angie and 1980’s Goodtime Girls.
Born in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1955, Scolari got his first big break as a television star with a recurring role on the 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls. He then starred opposite Hanks on Bosom Buddies. The show lasted only two seasons. After the cancelation of Bosom Buddies, he landed a part on the CBS sitcom Newhart in 1984. Hee played Michael Harris, the producer and boss of local television-show host Dick Loudon, played by legendary comedian Bob Newhart. The role earned him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
His other TV credits include Fosse/Verdon, Madoff, The Good Fight, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, ER, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU, Ally McBeal, From the Earth to the Moon and Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, among others.
His fFilm credits include The Polar Express and a cameo appearance as a TV host in the 1996 comedy-drama That Thing You Do!, directed by and starring his old friend and co-star Hanks.
He also had a stellar career on Broadway, appearing in Hairspray (2003), Wicked (2016), Sly Fox (2004), Magic/Bird (2012) and, with wife Tracy Shayne, Bronx Bombers (2014). Scolari and Hanks shared the stage of Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre in 2013’s Lucky Guy, the biographical drama about newspaper journalist Mike McAlary written by Nora Ephron. His final New York stage appearance was in the acclaimed 2018 Off Broadway production of Sharr White’s political drama The True, also starring Edie Falco, Michael McKean, John Pankow and wife Shayne.
Peter Scolari Age
He was born on September 12, 1955, in New Rochelle, New York. He died on October 22, 2021 in New York City. He was 66.
Peter Scolari Wife
He was married four times. He was married to his first wife Lisa Kretzchmar from 1981 until their divorce in 1983, then to his second wife Debra Steagal from 1986 until their divorce in 1996, followed by his third marriage to Cathy Trien from 1998 until their divorce in 2004. His fourth marriage was to Tracy Shayne since June 21, 2013 until his death in October 2021.
The New York native married his longtime girlfriend Tracy Shayne on June 21, 2013 after eight and a half years of dating. The Bosom Buddies star and the Broadway actress met through mutual friends in the theater community. The ceremony was held in a friend’s New York City apartment, and conducted by one of Shayne’s family members who is a court judge, according to Us Weekly. Scolari’s 1980 Bosom Buddies costar, Tom Hanks, was in attendance.
Peter Scolari Children
He had four children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali.
Peter Scolari Family
He is survived by his third wife, actress Tracy Shayne, who played opposite him as Berra’s wife in Bronx Bombers; and four children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali. He was previously married to Lisa Kretzchmar, Debra Steagal and Cathy Trien.
Peter Scolari Death
He died on October 22, 2021, at the age of 66, after a two-year battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by Ellen Lubin Sanitsky of Wright Management.
Comedian and TV star Bob Newhart said in a statement to USA TODAY: “I knew that Peter was sick, but his death still comes as a great shock. We were friends and colleagues for over 40 years. Julia and Peter, as a vacuous couple (Michael and Stephanie), were an essential part of the success of ‘Newhart.’ In life, he was a fantastic person, and it was a joy to work together. He will be sorely missed and his passing at 66 is much too early.”
Robert King, Co-creator of Evil with spouse Michelle King, shared a lengthy tribute to the actor on Twitter. King wrote: “Peter Scolari, who died today, was one of the funniest—sneakily funny—actors we’ve worked with. He always took a nothing scene and found different ways to twist it, and throw in odd pauses that made it jump. I will try to collect my thoughts more. He was just wonderful.
“To watch Peter Scolari’s dailies was a thrill because he always found new ways to go. He molded the highs and lows of a scene, but always looking for the comic spin, and he’d massage a phrase with each take until he could hear the laughter in his head. This is a real loss.
“It always felt like Peter Scolari found new ways to wear the priest wardrobe for comic effect. He knew his role was essentially funny, even though he often played straight man to something absurd said by another character. But he knew the laugh was in the reaction not the action.
“Beyond everything else, Peter Scolari was a mensch, a hard worker, a thoughtful actor, always a pleasure on a set. This feels like a very depressing day. Writing about him makes it a bit easier, but not really.”
Lena Dunham, star and creator of the HBO series “Girls,” wrote on Instagram: “The shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian, the most humble icon. You had lived enough life to know that a TV show was just a TV show, but also to appreciate just what it meant to be allowed to play pretend for a living- and you never let us forget that this job was a privilege. I remember when you came back from doing a production of the Music Man somewhere- the theater had basically been a barn, there had been no WiFi and you had no understudy- and you were as grateful and delighted as you were when you were nominated for an Emmy. You bragged nonstop about your kids, you had the best stories- like when you did Circus of the Stars and “that’s when I learned to walk a tightrope, there’s not much to it”- and when we told you that you would be coming out of the closet on the show you said “thank you, you can trust me with this.” Becky Ann and I loved every second of playing your family and I couldn’t have been raised up by a better TV “papa.” Thank you, Scolari, for every chat between set ups, every hug onscreen and off and every “Oh, Jeez.” We will miss you so much.”
Actor Harvey Fierstein wrote: “Sad to see the news that Peter Scolari lost his battle with cancer. There wasn’t a sweeter man on the planet. We performed together in HAIRSPRAY for a time and he was always a total delight. Farewell, dear Peter.”
Actor David Kaufman said: “I am heartbroken to hear about Peter Scolari this morning. He was honestly one of the funniest, most generous actors I ever got to work with. (And he taught me how to juggle!) He was a comic genius & I will forever be grateful that I was lucky enough to learn from him.”
Tom Hanks’ daughter, EA Hanks, said: “Peter Scolari was as kind as soul as I have ever met, and an incredibly gifted artist. My thoughts are with his family today. How lucky we all are that the work remains.”
Peter Scolari Cause of Death
The cause of death was cancer, according to his management company, Wright Entertainment.
Peter Scolari Cancer
He had battled cancer for two years prior to his death.
Peter Scolari Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Peter Scolari has an estimated net worth of $2 million.