Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari Tributes Pour In After Actor’s Death

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Peter Scolari, the screen and stage actor who rose to fame alongside Tom Hanks in the gender-bending sitcom Bosom Buddies and most recently won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on Girls in 2016, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66. The actor, who is survived by his wife and four children, was one of those who managed to make a career spanning several decades on all sorts of mediums. It appears he was also able to forge friendships with people all over the entertainment world considering the kind of tributes that poured in over the course of the day on Friday after the news of his passing was made public.

Peter Scolari Beloved By Many

Stars such as Harvey Fierstein, Michael McKean, and more shared homages to their late friend on social media.

“Sad to see the news that Peter Scolari lost his battle with cancer,” Fierstein tweeted. “There wasn’t a sweeter man on the planet. We performed together in Hairspray for a time and he was always a total delight. Farewell, dear Peter.”

McKean, who has been quite active on social media in the past few months made it clear that Peter Scolari’s death wasn’t a total shock. However, that didn’t make it easier for his friends who still have to deal with the actor being gone.

“We knew this was coming,” the actor wrote on Twitter. “Doesn’t make it easier. RIP, Peter my friend.”

Peter Scolari
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Robert King, who is the creator and showrunner for Evil, one of the last projects the actor worked on, was clearly deeply saddened when he got the news. He also took to social media to try and explain how he felt about the man.

In fact, King took several tweets to express his thoughts about the actor’s passing.

“Peter Scolari, who died today,” King wrote in the first tweet. “Was one of the funniest—sneakily funny—actors we’ve worked with. He always took a nothing scene and found different ways to twist it, and throw in odd pauses that made it jump. I will try to collect my thoughts more. He was just wonderful.”

King also went on to talk about his professionalism and the way he worked.

Saying Goodbye

Actress-writer Lena Dunham, his onscreen daughter Hannah Horvath in Girls, also paid what was an apparent heartfelt homage to the man who earned an Emmy for playing her dad, Tad, in the series she created for HBO.

“The shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “The most humble icon. You had lived enough life to know that a TV show was just a TV show, but also to appreciate just what it meant to be allowed to play pretend for a living- and you never let us forget that this job was a privilege.”

It’s indeed clear that Peter Scolari will be missed by many in the entertainment world.

Teddy Lincoln

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