How did Peter Scolari die? Tom Hanks’ pal, 66, kept illness secret for two years

Peter Scolari first shot to fame with the ABC sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’. The late actor is now survived by his wife and four kids


                            How did Peter Scolari die? Tom Hanks’ pal, 66, kept illness secret for two years
Peter Scolari's breakout role came alongside Hanks on the show ‘Bosom Buddies’ where they played two single men disguised as women (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Peter Scolari, who showed his acting prowess in popular sitcoms like ‘Bosom Buddies’, ‘Newhart’ and ‘Girls’, passed away on Friday, October 22. He was 66. The popular TV star was battling cancer for the last two years, news that was kept under wraps. Scolari’s manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment was first to break the unfortunate news.
 
The late actor is now survived by his wife and his children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali. Scolari first shot to fame with the ABC sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’ that also starred Tom Hanks in the leading role. The two remained close friends throughout Scolari’s career. Speaking of celebrity deaths, we recently lost Lisa Banes in a hit-and-run accident involving an e-scooter. The 'Deliverance' star Ned Beatty too left us for the heavenly abode. Other celebrities that we lost in the last few months include Chick Vennera, DMX, Jeanette Maus, and many more.
 
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Actor Peter Scolari attends the "Woman In Gold" New York premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on March 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

How did Peter Scolari die?

Scolari’s manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky shared the unfortunate news of the actor passing away, reports Deadline. Scolari was suffering from cancer for the last two years but apparently, the news was kept under wraps. Scolari's breakout role came alongside Hanks on the show ‘Bosom Buddies’ where they played two single men disguised as women. The Emmy award-winning actor also appeared in Hanks’ 1996 directorial debut ‘That Thing You Do!’, his 1998 HBO limited series ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, and as well as his 2004's ‘The Polar Express’.

In his elongated career, the actor in total received three Emmy nods ultimately winning one. Scolari scooped the Emmy award for portraying the role of a father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s ‘Girls’, He most recently played Bishop Thomas Marx on the CBS supernatural drama ‘Evil’. Apart from juggling his career in movies and TV shows, the late actor was also known for his work on Broadway. Some of his famous work included ‘Hairspray’ and Wicked’ in 2016, ‘Sly Fox’ in 2004, ‘Magic/Bird’ 2012, and ‘Bronx Bombers’ in 2014.

Peter Scolari attends The Cinema Society Hosts The Season 3 Premiere Of Bravo's "Odd Mom Out at the Whitby Hotel on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

‘Devastated to hear about Peter Scolari’

Fans of Peter Scolari paid their final tributes to the TV star on Twitter. “In memory of Peter Scolari, I'm on a Bosom Buddies marathon.  Gonna watch the 2 seasons back to back allll weekend!”, said one user as another posted, “I can picture him in Newhart but can't think of the name of the character, Bosom Buddies, one of the 80's greatest comedies, keeps leaping to mind. RIP Peter Scolari.”
 
The next one shared, “Watched Newhart all the time as a kid! So sad about Peter Scolari.” Whereas, another tweeted, “So sorry to hear about the passing of #PeterScolari. Loved him on #BosumBuddies and other shows. Condolences to his loved ones. Rest in Peace and Love.” One user stated, “Devastated to hear about Peter Scolari. We've been enjoying him @evil.” And, one individual concluded, “Super sad to hear of Peter Scolari's death. Few actors could have held their own so winsomely opposite Tom Hanks in such an unlikely 80s sitcom. (What a cast Bosom Buddies had! What a ridiculous premise!) No matter the project, he always added wit and depth.”

Actor Peter Scolari attends the Montblanc & The Cinema Society screening of Roadside Attractions & Lionsgate's "Miss You Already" at Museum of Modern Art on October 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

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