Bob Newhart Praises Peter Scolari As “Essential Part” Of ‘Newhart’ Success; Co-Star Julia Duffy Says, “No Better Partner”

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TV icon Bob Newhart honored his Newhart co-star Peter Scolari as a 40-year friend, a joy to work with and “an essential part of the success” of the great 1982-90 CBS sitcom.

In a statement to Deadline, later tweeted, Newhart said, “I knew that Peter was sick, but his death still comes as a great shock. We were friends and colleagues for over 40 years. Julia [Duffy] and Peter, as a vacuous couple (Michael and Stephanie), were an essential part of the success of Newhart. In life, he was a fantastic person, and it was a joy to work together. He will be sorely missed and his passing at 66 is much too early.”

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Earlier today, Duffy tweeted, “No better partner,” and accompanied the simple and poignant message with a photo of the two doing the tango in an episode of the sitcom.

William Sanderson, who played Larry on the show, shared a cast photo with the words, “Condolences to the Scolari family on the passing of Peter today.”

Scolari died this morning at age 66 following a two-year battle with cancer.

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