Actor Peter Scolari, best remembered perhaps for his work on the 1980’s sitcom Bosom Buddies, has passed away at the age of 66. Scolari passed away early this morning, Deadline reports, after a two year battle with cancer.
Starting in 1980, Scolari starred opposite a then-unknown Tom Hanks on the sitcom Bosom Buddies. The series found Scolari and Hanks as single men who dressed up as women so they could live in the one apartment they could afford, which happened to be a female-only residence. The show was canceled in 1982 after only two seasons, but saw small cult hit in syndication after the meteoric rise of Scolari’s co-star, Tom Hanks.
After the show’s cancellation, Scolari also continued to work on television as a regular on Bob Newhart’s second sitcom, simply titled Newhart. The show did well enough to last 6 years. More modern day comedy fans will also remember Scolari as Tad Horvath on Girls, which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2016.
Other television appearances over Scolari’s career include Happy Days, Family Ties, The Drew Carey Show, The Nanny, The King of Queens, Ally McBeal, The Love Boat, The Twilight Zone, Remington Steele, ER, Law and Order: SVU, The West Wing, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Duckman, American Dad!, Animaniacs, Batman the Animated Series, Gargoyles, Pinky and the Brain, Hey Arnold, Blue Bloods, and countless others. Scolari also made a cameo appearance in his old co-star Tom Hanks’ 1996 directorial film debut, That Thing You Do.