Bob Newhart, Lena Dunham and more celebrities pay tribute – The Hollywood Reporter



Upon hearing of the death of Peter Scolari on Friday, actors, creators and other Hollywood personalities honored the Bosom buddies star and shared their love and sadness on social media. Scolari had been living with cancer for two years at the time of his death. He was 66 years old.

Bob Newhart, who co-starred with Scolari on the CBS sitcom Newhart, said in a statement Hollywood journalist, “I knew Peter was sick, but his death is still a big shock. We were friends and colleagues for over 40 years. Julia and Peter, as an empty couple (Michael and Stephanie), have been a vital part of the success of Newhart. She was a fantastic person in life, and it was a joy to work together. He will be sadly missed and his passing at 66 is far too soon. “

Scolari recently appeared in the series Wrong like Bishop Thomas Marx. The show‘s co-creator, Robert King, paid tribute to Scolari in a series of tweets. He posted several photos of Scolari’s character from the Paramount + drama and said: “Peter Scolari, who passed away today, was one of the funniest – deviously funny – actors we’ve ever worked with. He would always take a scene from nothing and find different ways to twist it and make weird pauses that made her jump. I will try to collect my thoughts more. He was just wonderful.

King continued: “Watching Peter Scolari’s dailies was a pleasure because he always found new ways to go. He was modeling the ups and downs of a scene, but always looking for the comedic side, and he massaged a phrase with each take until he could hear the laughter in his head. It is a real loss. “

Speaking specifically of Scolari’s character on WrongKing praised him, saying, “It was always as if Peter Scolari found new ways to wear the priest’s wardrobe for comedic effect. He knew his role was mostly funny, even though he often played the straight man over something absurd said by another character. But he knew that the laughter was in the reaction and not in the action.

The creator ended his messages of appreciation with: “Beyond everything else, Peter Scolari was a mensch, a hard worker, a thoughtful actor, always a pleasure on a set.”

Lena Dunham remembered her Girls co-star on Instagram as “the most shy extrovert, most dramatic comedian, most humble icon”.

“You had lived long enough to know that a TV show was just a TV show, but also to appreciate what it meant to be allowed to pretend for a living – and you didn’t let us never forget that this job was a privilege ”Dunham wrote. “I remember when you came back from a Music Man production somewhere – the theater had been basically a barn, there had been no WiFi and you had no understudy – and you were so grateful and delighted that when you were nominated for an Emmy. You kept bragging about your kids, you had the best stories – like when you did The Circus of the Stars and “that’s where I learned to walk a tightrope, there’s not much. ”- and when you were told you were going to come out of the closet on the show, you said“ thank you, you can trust me with that. ”Becky Ann and me loved every second spent playing your family and couldn’t have been raised by a better TV “daddy.” Thank you, Scolari, for every conversation between setups, every on-screen hug and off and every “Oh, god.” We will miss you so much. “

Scolari started out on the short-lived ABC comedy Good time girls before landing a role in the sitcom Bosom buddies alongside Tom Hanks. Despite the series ending after two seasons, Hanks and Scolari continued their decades-long friendship. Scolari went on to appear in the series Newhart, and he won a Guest Emmy for his role on HBO Girls.

Companion Wrong Actor Aasif Mandvi included a video of Scolari dancing on set as a tribute to him. “My dear Pierre. I am devastated, ”Mandvi wrote. “Our set will never be the same without you. I will miss your stories, your laughter, your impressions and your dance. We lost an artist, a gentleman, an actor, and our #Evil family lost a friend today. Keep dancing my friend. I will miss you. #TEAR.”

Girls Cast member Andrew Rannells also posted a post on Instagram. He said, “Sweet Peter Scolari. I feel very lucky to have known you. You are very much loved.

Another member of Girls The family, co-showrunner and writer Jenni Konner, uploaded a photo to Instagram of Scolari holding his Emmy. She started the caption with “Gutted. Such an obvious thing to say, but Peter Scolari was such a good actor. So good. So funny and smart. And the nicest man.

Actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked with Scolari on the musical Hair spray, tweeted: “Sad to hear that Peter Scolari has lost his battle with cancer. There was not a gentler man on the planet. We played HAIRSPRAY together for a while and it was always a total delight. Farewell, dear Pierre.

Newhart Co-star Julia Duffy shared a black and white photo of the couple dancing. She captioned it, “No Better Partner,” with a heartbroken emoji.

Jane Lynch took to Twitter and simply wrote, “What a mensch. What a loss. Love to family.

Comedian and actress Jackie Hoffman said: “#RIP dear Peter Scolari. I have had the chance to work with you and learn from you on stage and on screen. Cool, funny guy. Hope you get gigs wherever you are.

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