Some extremely sad news to report today. Actor Peter Scolari has died at the age of 66 following a two-year battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by his management company.
Scolari had been a working actor for over 40 years. He starred in dozens of television shows, including the Emmy-nominated series Newhart. More recently, he starred as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on the hit HBO show, Girls. He actually won an Emmy for his performance on the show.
He developed a lifelong friendship with Tom Hanks when the two co-starred in the hit 1980 TV comedy Bosom Buddies.
In yet another re-teaming with Hanks, the two 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.
And for people born in the ’90s, you may remember him from the adventure comedy film Camp Nowhere, which also starred Christopher Lloyd. It’s a hidden gem.
Scolari is survived by his wife and four children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. We lost a good one.