AceShowbiz - Emmy winner Peter Scolari, who was best-known for starring opposite Tom Hanks in 1980s U.S. sitcom "Bosom Buddies", has died after a two-year battle with cancer, aged 66.
The beloved actor died early on Friday (22Oct21), his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky announced.
Scolari's 43-year show business career included a 2016 Emmy-winning role as the father of Lena Dunham's character on HBO's "Girls" and, most recently, he played Bishop Thomas Marx on the supernatural TV series "Evil".
He also received three Emmy nominations as the boss of Bob Newhart's character on American comedy "Newhart", which ran from 1984 to 1990.
Peter reunited several times with his more famous "Bosom Buddies" co-star Hanks, and made a cameo in Tom's 1996 directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!".
He also reteamed with Hanks for the 2013 Broadway production of "Lucky Guy", a biographical drama about journalist Mike McAlary, which was written by Nora Ephron.
Scolari appeared on Broadway six times, beginning in 2003 with "Hairspray".
His final New York stage appearance was in the 2018 Off-Broadway production of "The True", also starring Edie Falco, Michael McKean, and his wife Tracy Shayne.
Newhart paid tribute to his late co-star, "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."