Saturday, October 23, 2021

Peter Scolari, Emmy-winning actor, 1955-2021

Emmy-winning actor Peter Scolari, who co-starred with Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies and later appeared on Newhart, Girls, and the Batman-adjacent show Gotham, died 10/22/21. He was only 66.

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter about his guest role on Family Ties. This man had 1,844 more important things to do yet he took the time to leisurely answer questions about a 24-minute show he appeared on once in 1986.

After, he wrote "Do you think you could send me a copy of that book about Mr. Finger? Think of it as a late birthday present...oh, and if you could sign it, that would be so cool." 

Then he actually read it, and made a point to tell me. What's so cool now?

Of the hundreds of pop culture figures I've interviewed, he was one of the most genuine and most gracious. A bosom buddy I never met in person. Thank you and RIP Peter.


rocketdave said...

My Mom wouldn't let us watch Bosom Buddies, so I feel like I've only seen Mr. Scolari in random roles here and there throughout my life, like the odd late night rerun of the Honey I Shrunk The Kids series (which I'm now slightly surprised to realize went on for three full seasons), but I guess he was a pervasive enough presence that I'm nevertheless really taken aback by the news of his passing. It's cool that he took an interest in your book.

hobbyfan said...

I've seen Honey, I've Shrunk The Kids, too. Prior to Newhart, Peter appeared in a short-lived ABC sitcom, Baby Makes Five, with Louise Williams as his on-screen wife. Oh, what might've been!