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Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari

66 (passed away Oct. 22nd, 2021)
Sep. 12th, 1955
Born in
New Rochelle, New York, USA
5' 6 1/2

Peter Scolari's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Newhart TV Show
Bosom Buddies TV Show
Bosom Buddies
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show TV Show
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
Listen Up TV Show
Listen Up
Goodtime Girls TV Show
Goodtime Girls
Dweebs TV Show
Encyclopedia Brown TV Show
Encyclopedia Brown
Baby Makes Five TV Show
Baby Makes Five
Family Album TV Show
Family Album
Wally Brown TV Show
Wally Brown

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Peter Thomas Scolari is an American actor, best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart, and as Henry Desmond, his first big break as Tom Hanks’s co-star on the TV comedy Bosom Buddies in the early 1980s. Scolari received three Emmy nominations for his work on Newhart.
He also appeared in a TV adaptation of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Gotham, and played Peter Madoff in HBO's Madoff. He later had a recurring role as Tad Horvath, the father of Lena Dunham's character on Girls, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 2016.

On stage, Scolari starred in Broadway productions of Hairspray, Sly Fox, Wicked, Magic/Bird and Lucky Guy, alongside Tom Hanks.

Peter Scolari died in New York after fighting cancer for two years, according to Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, his manager.

  • Dreamed of being a professional baseball player but an elbow injury ended that dream.
  • Peter is an accomplished juggler and is skilled in circus arts.
  • Met future wife 'Cathy Trien' (qv) in Boston, 1996, while performing in a production of "Grease".
  • Discovered acting at the age of 16 while performing in a high school production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

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