The two starred in the comedic TV series from 1980 to 1982. The series focused on two single men that are forced to dress as women in order to live in an affordable apartment. The result was hilarious onscreen chemistry between Scolari and Hanks.
Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari
Sadly, Scolari passed away on October 22 from his battle with cancer. Tom Hanks has since shared that the connection they had onscreen extended into real life as well. The two had a blast filming and improvising together, despite how much it could annoy directors.
“I don’t know how many people truly do change your lives when you cross paths with them. We met, picked up the scripts, and started screwing around. I actually thought, ‘This is it. This is how this works. This is like a hand inside a glove,'” Hanks said during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
He then went on to introduce his favorite clip from the series, which is an episode from 1981 that features the two characters stranded together in a remote cabin. He commented on the “ease and affection” of their relationship, which was evident in the scene.
“We were molecularly connected in a way that we started speaking the same language,” Hanks said of his late friend. After playing the clip for the audience, Tom Hanks was visibly choked up. “Peter has a lovely family, his wife Tracy, absolutely great kids and we lost him to the emperor of all maladies. So thanks for letting us show that,” he said as his voice cracked and tears appeared in his eyes.
Peter Scolari Career and Tributes
In addition to rising to fame on “Bosom Buddies” with Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari had a number of other key roles in the acting world. He appeared in “The Good Fight,” “Newhart,” “Gotham,” “Madoff,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Girls.”
The two had stayed close following their role in the series together. In fact, Tom Hanks toasted him at his wedding. “I cannot get my mind around what I’ve done in my life to deserve this kind of affection,” Scolari said, according to CNN, regarding Hanks’ kind words at the time.
As for kind words, several other stars also had kind words to say regarding the late actor. “The shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian, the most humble icon. You had lived enough life to know that a TV show was just a TV show, but also to appreciate just what it meant to be allowed to play pretend for a living- and you never let us forget that this job was a privilege,” Lena Dunham wrote on Instagram.