What type of cancer did Peter Scolari have? Actor dies aged 66

American actor Peter Scolari sadly passed away on October 22, 2021 at the age of 66 after his two-year battle with cancer.

As tributes continue to circulate through social media, fans are wondering what kind of cancer Peter Scolari had.

Keep reading as we examine his struggle with illness, as well as his successful career on screen and personal life outside of work.

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Beloved American actor dies at age 66

66-year-old Peter Scolari was born on September 12, 1955 in New Rochelle, New York, United States and died on October 22, 2021.

Scolari was most famous for his successful on-screen acting career, starring alongside Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies as Henry Desmond.

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Scolari played his character Michael Harris in Newhart and worked on the sitcom from 1984 to 1990.

In 2016, the actor won an Emmy for his work in Girls as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series after playing his recurring role as Tad Horvath.

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Emmy-winning actor Peter Scolari, known for “Bosom Buddies”, “Newhart” and “Girls”, died at age 66.

He had lived with cancer for two years. pic.twitter.com/dEmFJqKviB

— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 23, 2021

Scolari has a total of four children having previously married Lisa Kretzschmar and Debra Steagal with whom he had two children, Nicholas and Joseph.

He later married actress Cathy Trien and had two more children named Keaton and Cali.

What type of cancer did Peter Scolari have?

As his manager at Wright Entertainment, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky announced the death of Peter Scolari to the public.

Sanitsky told The Associated Press that Scolari had been treated for cancer for two years and died on the morning of Friday, October 22, in Manhattan, New York.

Scolari reportedly died of leukemia after contracting the disease two years earlier.

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that affects the blood cells in your bone marrow, most commonly white blood cells.

Sad supporters pay tribute online

TV icon Bob Newhart took to Twitter to honor his Newhart colleague Peter Scolari.

After describing their friendship as being over 40 years old, Newhart stated that Scolari will be sorely missed and referred to his passing at just 66 as premature.

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I knew Peter was ill, but his death comes as a great shock. We were friends for over 40 years. Julia and Peter were an essential part of the success of ‘Newhart’. He was a fantastic person and a pleasure to work with. He will be sorely missed, his passing at 66 is far too early. pic.twitter.com/qGu5wMQKfr

— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) October 22, 2021

William Sanderson, who played Larry’s character on the Newhart show, also used social media to pay his respects to his late friend and colleague.

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After starring in Newhart as Stephanie, in a relationship with Scolari’s character Michael, American actress Julia Duffy shared a photo of the two dancing the tango in a previous episode of the sitcom.

A supporter of Peter Scolari and an original cast member of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Heather Gay shared her condolences online.

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So sad to hear about #PeterScolari. Such a great actor and genuinely nice person!! I took Georgia to see him as the Professor in Wicked in 2016. He was incredible. RIP Bosom Buddy pic.twitter.com/R1dZrWIYv4

— Heather Gay (@heathergay29) October 23, 2021

Fans continue to express their grief over the unfortunate death of the well-known actor.

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This makes me seriously sad. Peter Scolari was my first crush! I loved him on Bosom Buddies and Newhart. RIP https://t.co/eQRuRJO3pp

— Tara Rose (@RareOats) October 23, 2021

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