Peter Scolari Mourned by Harvey Fierstein, David Kaufman and More: 'Comic Genius'

Peter Scolari Mourned by Harvey Fierstein, David Kaufman and More: 'Comic Genius'

The actor died Friday at 66

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Twitter overflowed with memories, stories and admiration for Peter Scolari, the veteran actor who was most well known for his role alongside Tom Hanks on “Bosom Buddies.” He died Friday at age 66 and had battled cancer for two years, according to his manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Entertainment.

The actor starred in many films and television series, including “Newhart” and “The Good Fight.”In 2016, Scolari won his first Emmy Award for playing Tad Horvath, Hannah’s father, on HBO’s “Girls.”

Scolari also frequented the stage, appearing on Broadway with “Hairspray,” “Wicked”, “Sly Fox,” “Magic Bird” and “Bronx Bombers.”

During Scolari’s 43-year career, he had a lasting impact on several of his co-stars and peers.

His “Newhart” co-star, Julia Duffy, posted a photo of the pair, captioning it “No better partner.”

“There wasn’t a sweeter man on the planet”, wrote Harvey Fierstein, Scolari’s “Hairspray” co-star, on Twitter.

Robert King, “Evil” co-creator and showrunner, wrote several tweets paying tribute to Scolari, praising his ability to perform and bring pieces of work alive: “He always took a nothing scene and found different ways to twist it, and throw in odd pauses that made it jump.”

Actor David Kaufman said that he was “heartbroken” upon hearing the news, calling Scolari “one of the funniest, most generous actors” he ever worked with.

“#RIP dear Peter Scolari,” actress Jackie Hoffman wrote. “I was lucky enough to work with you and learn from you onstage and screen. A sweet funny cool dude. I hope you get gigs wherever you are.”

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