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Born: September 12, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... 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.

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