Peter Scolari Bio, Wiki Age, Height, Death, Family, Wife, Kids, Net Worth, Movies, Polar Express

Peter Scolari (Peter Thomas Scolari) is an American actor best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart (1984–1990)

Peter Scolari Biography

Peter Scolari (Peter Thomas Scolari) was an American actor best known for his roles as Michael Harris on Newhart (1984–1990) and Henry Desmond in Bosom Buddies (1980–1982).

He received three Emmy nominations for his work on Newhart and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role as Tad Horvath on Girls in 2016.

Peter Scolari Age

Scolari was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York, United States.

Peter Scolari Death/ Cancer

Scolari sadly passed away at 66 years on a friday morning on October 22 2021 after fighting leukaemia for two years.

Peter Scolari Height

Scolari stood at a height of 5 feet 6 inche tall.

Peter Scolari Family

Scolari has described his father as an abusive, “rageful man”, and his mother as an alcoholic, and has said that their marriage was tumultuous. “They stayed together for the kids and also because they were hopelessly in love with each other, but they were totally incompatible,” he said in an interview with The Toronto Star.

Peter Scolari
Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari Wife

Scolari has been married four times. In June 2013, he married long-time girlfriend Tracy Shayne. He was previously married to Debra Steagal, and later to actress Cathy Trien, with whom he has two children. One of his children is an aspiring pop star.

Peter Scolari Salary

Scolari earned an estimated salary of about $50000 to $100000 annually.

Peter Scolari Net Worth

Scolari has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars which he has earned from his professional acting career. 

Peter Scolari Career


Scolari’s first role was in his first short-lived 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls, as the juggling neighbor of the title characters. Scolari was then cast co-starring with then-unknown Tom Hanks, in another sitcom Bosom Buddies, as two young creative professionals who disguise themselves as women to get an affordable apartment in a women-only building.

After Bosom Buddies was cancelled in 1982, and still struggling as an actor, he joined the cast of Newhart, opposite Bob Newhart, in 1984, where he played Michael Harris, the yuppie local TV producer, until the series’ conclusion in 1990. Scolari has remained close to Newhart, with whom he frequently plays golf, since the show’s cancellation.

Following central roles in the unsuccessful series Family Album and Dweebs, he spent three seasons playing inventor Wayne Szalinski, a role originated on film by Rick Moranis, in the TV adaptation of the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Scolari later had a recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls, for which he won an Emmy in 2016. He then portrayed Gotham City’s corrupt police commissioner, Gillian B. Loeb, in Fox’s superhero crime drama Gotham.


Scolari has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Hairspray, Sly Fox, and Lucky Guy, which reunited him with his Bosom Buddies co-star Tom Hanks. He also appeared Off Broadway in Old Man Joseph and His Family, In the Wings, The Exonerated, The Music Man, and White’s Lies.

In 1996, he starred in a version of the stage musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off produced for the A&E television network.

In 2014, he portrayed Yogi Berra in Bronx Bombers. His wife Tracey Shayne played Berra’s wife Carmen. Subsequently, Scolari played the part of The Wizard in the Broadway musical Wicked.

Peter Scolari Health

A 2014 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? brought up Peter Scolari’s substance abuse and his struggle with bipolar disorder.

Peter Scolari Evil

After the death of Scolari, the cast and the creative team of CBS ‘Evil’ honored him where the Evil co-creator Robert King said that Scolari was the funniest ,sneakily funny, actor that they had ever worked with.

Peter Scolari Movies and Tv Shows

Peter Scolari Movies

2016: Dean
2012: Letting Go
2007: Suburban Girl
2007: A Plumm Summer
2006: Mentor
2006: Cathedral Pines
2005: Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

Peter Scolari Tv Shows

2018: The Good Fight
2017: Odd Mom Out
2017: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2016: Madoff
2015: Gotham
2015: Chopped
2013: White Collar
2012–2017: Girls
2011: Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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