Peter Scolari, beloved Hollywood actor has died at the age of 66, according to reports. Scolari had been battling cancer for two years.
Nominated for four Primetime Emmys and winner of one for his 'Girls' Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series performance, Scolari was best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart (1984–1990) and Henry Desmond in Bosom Buddies (1980–1982).
Scolari’s first role was in his first short-lived 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls before co-starring on Bosom Buddies with Tom Hanks.
He spent three seasons playing inventor Wayne Szalinski, a role originated on film by Rick Moranis, in the TV adaptation of the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Scolari later had a recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls, for which he won an Emmy in 2016. He then portrayed Gotham City’s corrupt police commissioner, Gillian B. Loeb, in Fox’s superhero crime drama Gotham.
Throughout his career he appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Hairspray, Sly Fox, and Lucky Guy, which reunited him with his Bosom Buddies co-star Tom Hanks. He also appeared Off Broadway in Old Man Joseph and His Family, In the Wings, The Exonerated, The Music Man, and White’s Lies.