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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 12, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A talented comedic actor who broke through alongside Tom Hanks on the cross-dressing sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82), Peter Scolari's early association with Hanks proved a double-edged sword. Although he went on to enjoy a charismatic, Emmy-nominated run as the ultimate neurotic yuppie Michael Harris on "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), Scolari was overshadowed by Hanks' rise to movie superstardom and was often invoked as a punchline comparing the two. Struggling to find a worthy follow-up to "Newhart," Scolari took many guest appearances and lower-profile roles before resurfacing as Rick Moranis' TV replacement on the adaptation of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (syndicated, 1997-2000). Happily, Hanks proved a longtime loyal friend, throwing prestigious credits Scolari's way, including small roles in his "That Thing You Do!" (1996), "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "The Polar Express" (2004). Although his legacy was inextricably intertwined with and ultimately eclipsed by his former "Bosom Buddies" co-star, Peter Scolari was a worthy comic talent who deserved more recognition for his own unique gifts.

A talented comedic actor who broke through alongside Tom Hanks on the cross-dressing sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82), Peter Scolari's early association with Hanks proved a double-edged sword. Although he went on to enjoy a charismatic, Emmy-nominated run as the ultimate neurotic yuppie Michael Harris on "Newhart" (CBS, 1982-1990), Scolari was overshadowed by Hanks' rise to movie superstardom and was often invoked as a punchline comparing the two. Struggling to find a worthy follow-up to "Newhart," Scolari took many guest appearances and lower-profile roles before resurfacing as Rick Moranis' TV replacement on the adaptation of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (syndicated, 1997-2000). Happily, Hanks proved a longtime loyal friend, throwing prestigious credits Scolari's way, including small roles in his "That Thing You Do!" (1996), "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "The Polar Express" (2004). Although his legacy was inextricably intertwined with and ultimately eclipsed by his former "Bosom Buddies" co-star, Peter Scolari was a worthy comic talent who deserved more recognition for his own unique gifts.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mentor (2008)
2.
 Plumm Summer, A (2008)
3.
 Polar Express, The (2004) Lonely Boy
4.
 Sorority Boys (2002) Louis
5.
 That Thing You Do! (1996) Troy Chesterfield
6.
 Talk to Me (1996) Howard Grant
7.
 For Hope (1996) Date No 2
8.
 Camp Nowhere (1994) Donald Himmel
9.
 No-Tell Hotel, The (1994) Elliot
10.
 Ticks (1993)
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1978:
Helped to found the Colonnades Theatre Lab in New York City (date approximate)
1980:
Had recurring role on "The Goodtime Girls" (ABC)
1980:
Starred in the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies" with Tom Hanks
1982:
Made TV-movie debut in "Missing Children: A Mother's Story" (CBS)
1983:
Starred in "Baby Makes Five" series (ABC)
1984:
Played Michael Harris on "Newhart" (CBS)
1993:
Starred in series "Family Album" (CBS)
1984:
Appeared in feature film "Rosebud Beach Hotel"
1994:
Did voice of Preston Vogel on animated "Gargoyles" (syndication)
1995:
Was member of ensemble cast of "Dweebs" (CBS)
1996:
Returned to stage roots in "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" special for Arts & Entertainment Channel
1996:
Filmed small role in Hanks' directorial debut "That Thing You Do!"
:
Appeared in the stage musical "Grease"
1997:
Starred in the syndicated Disney series ""Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show"
1998:
Cast in the HBO mini series "From the Earth to the Moon" produced by Tom Hanks and Ron Howard
2004:
Voiced the Lonely Boy in Robert Zemeckis' animated feature "The Polar Express"
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Education

Occidental College: Eagle Rock , California -
City College of New York: New York , New York -

Notes

Tom Hanks' feature film success has been a constant source of career comparison to "Bosom Buddies" co-star Scolari. On the matter, Scolari told the Los Angeles Times on October 1, 1995: "It was really unsettling for awhile that people try to use Tom's success to belittle mine, or characterize it as somehow less significant. Which is all nonsense anyway. This thing about actors and their success is all well and good, but hopefully there is a research chemist somewhere in the world doing actual important work." Scolari and Hanks remain the best of friends and golfing buddies.

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wife:
Debra Scolari. Divorced in 1996.
wife:
Cathy Trien. Actor. Married in October 1998; has recurring role on "Disney's Honey I Shrunk the Kids -The TV Series".

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son:
Nicholas Scolari. Born in 1988; mother, Debra Scolari.
son:
Joseph Scolari. Born in 1992; mother, Debra Scolari.
son:
Keaton Scott Scolari. Born on August 20, 1999; mother, Cathy Trien.

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