Peter Scolari, the much-loved star of hit sitcom Bosom Buddies and TV classics including Family Ties and The Bob Newhart Show, has died at the age of 74. His family had announced the news on Sunday but did not provide details of the cause of death. The Times reports that he is survived by his wife, a daughter and four grandchildren.
Scolari originated the role of Tom Cheeseburger on the popular 1970s sitcom Bosom Buddies, then returned in 1997 for an episode as the neighborhood doctor. He would go on to play the gruff bookstore owner Michael Hakus on Family Ties for five seasons before his role as Dr. Carl Steiner on The Bob Newhart Show ran for 11 seasons, endowing him with cult status in the process.
Notable parts in other series included that of Harvey Kinkle in Who’s the Boss?, Knudsen in Dick Van Dyke Show, and Mark Banfield on Friends. In 2007, he was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Gordon Ruegg on Mad About You. Scolari was also one of the stars of the long-running TV series Steven Universe, which returned to Cartoon Network this past year.
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