Peter Scolari’s death sparks moving tributes from celebrity co-stars – New York Post

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Fans and celebrity friends alike sent their condolences and wrote heartwarming tributes to Peter Scolari, who died Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 66.

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. 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,” Fierstein tweeted.

“We knew this was coming. Doesn’t make it easier. RIP, Peter my friend,” McKean added. Comedian Jackie Hoffman wrote, “#RIP dear Peter Scolari. 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.”

Actress-writer Lena Dunham, his onscreen daughter Hannah Horvath in “Girls,” paid heartfelt homage to the man who earned a 2016 Emmy for playing her dad, Tad, in the zeitgeist millennial series she created for HBO:

Actress Julia Duffy, who starred with Scolari in the sitcom “Newhart,” added, “No better partner” alongside a broken heart emoji. (The actor earned three Emmy nods for his preppy Michael Harris character in that popular CBS series.)

And iconic comedian and TV star Bob Newhart himself also paid Twitter tribute to Scolari as an “essential part” of his show’s success:

I knew that Peter was sick, but his death comes as a great shock. We were friends for over 40 years. Julia and Peter were an essential part of the success of "Newhart." He was a fantastic person & a joy to work with. He will be sorely missed, his passing at 66 is way too early. pic.twitter.com/qGu5wMQKfr

— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) October 22, 2021

“Glee” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Emmy winner Jane Lynch wrote, “What a mensch. What a loss. Love to family.”

“Amen. #PeterScolari was a prince among men. Insanely talented and more generous than you can imagine. Dear lord. My heart breaks for his family,” actor Matt Walton wrote.

Screenwriter Brian Lynch penned, “He was so funny, so likable. From BOSOM BUDDIES to NEWHART to the HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS tv show to GIRLS, always loved watching him. May he Rest In Peace.”

Sad to see the news that Peter Scolari lost his battle with cancer. 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.https://t.co/1TPjakwLT3

— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) October 22, 2021

“I am heartbroken to hear about Peter Scolari this morning,” actor David Kaufman wrote. “He was honestly one of the funniest, most generous actors I ever got to work with. (And he taught me how to juggle!) He was a comic genius & I will forever be grateful that I was lucky enough to learn from him.”

Actor David Pressman said, “My time on ‘Newhart’ wasn’t long but in the few episodes I did, most of my stuff was with Peter Scolari. I’ll never forget how kind and supportive he was and so incredibly talented. I was honored to get to work with him. RIP, Peter.”

TV critic Alan Sepinwall chimed in, “RIP, Peter Scolari. A welcome, acerbic presence in everything he appeared in, from Bosom Buddies to Newhart to Girls. He and Tom Hanks were so good together that Bosom Buddies soon abandoned the dumb crossdressing premise; people just wanted to watch those guys be funny together.”

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