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Peter Scolari Remembered: ‘Newhart’s Julia Duffy, ‘Hairspray’s Harvey Fierstein Among Those Paying Tribute

Refresh for updates… “No better partner,” writes Julia Duffy, simply and poignantly, about her Newhart co-star Peter Scolari, who died today of cancer at age 66. Duffy posted a photo of the two doing the tango in an episode of the sitcom.

Duffy was among Scolari’s colleagues paying tribute to the actor today, with Harvey Fierstein, who co-starred with Scolari on Broadway in Hairspray, noting, “There wasn’t a sweeter man on the planet.”

In a series of tweets, Robert King, the executive producer of CBS’ Evil, on which Scolari starred as Bishop Thomas Marx, remembered the actor as “a mensch, a hard worker, a thoughtful actor, always a pleasure on a set.”

“To watch Peter Scolari’s dailies was a thrill because he always found new ways to go,” King writes. (See all the tweets below.) “He molded the highs and lows of a scene, but always looking for the comic spin, and he’d massage a phrase with each take until he could hear the laughter in his head. This is a real loss.”

Jackie Hoffman, who appeared both onstage and screen with Scolari – including an episode of HBO’s Girls – remembers him as “a sweet funny cool dude.” She adds, “I hope you get gigs wherever you are.”

Deadline will update this post as additional remembrances arrive…

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