Born in New York in 1955, Scolari’s first acting job was in the short-lived 1980 sitcom Goodtime Girls. He then appeared alongside Tom Hanks in the sitcom Bosom Buddies, which kicked off their careers. Hanks and Scolari worked again together in That Thing You Do!, The Polar Express and in Broadway’s Lucky Guy. Scolari appeared in Newhart from 1984 to 1990, for which he garnered three Emmy nominations. He won an Emmy Award in 2016 for his recurring role as the father of Lena Dunham’s character on HBO’s Girls. Scolari’s other screen credits include Fosse/Verdon, West Wing, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Gotham and more.
Scolari made his Broadway debut in 2003 in Hairspray and went on to appear in Sly Fox in 2004, Magic/Bird in 2012, Lucky Guy (reuniting with Hanks) in 2013, Bronx Bombers in 2014 and Wicked in 2016. His final stage credit is for 2018’s off-Broadway The True by Sharr White.
He is survived by his wife, actress Tracy Shayne, and children Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton and Cali.