Peter Scolari, the ‘Friends’ actor who played Peter Pan’s gay best friend, dies at 65

Peter Scolari, the former “Friends” actor who was perhaps best known for playing the erstwhile Sam Evans, the gay best friend to Robert Wagner’s Peter Pan, died Thursday night at his home in New…

Peter Scolari, the ‘Friends’ actor who played Peter Pan’s gay best friend, dies at 65

Peter Scolari, the former “Friends” actor who was perhaps best known for playing the erstwhile Sam Evans, the gay best friend to Robert Wagner’s Peter Pan, died Thursday night at his home in New York, according to friends. He was 65.

Scolari, who had a number of lead roles on television after “Friends,” was no stranger to the television comedy of the 1970s. He also had a long career as a variety actor, with three decades of work on stage and in film. (His most recent film credit was for the 2016 comedy “The Dirties.”)

But few knew that Scolari was also a devout Christian who enjoyed the role of the Good Samaritan. After his Good Samaritan lap, he made a short film called “Lap of the Peace” that tells of the act. The film opens with some signature Scolari comedy as he makes an adjustment to his gold bracelet and yells, “Get it right!” Scolari then goes on to do the lap before offering some medical tips. “Have you seen the Huffington Post article? … It’s fascinating!”

One of the most iconic scenes in “Newhart” was one where Scolari, playing Bobby, breaks into “White Christmas” to attempt to save two homeless people, Ron and Gene, from each other’s hands.

In all, Scolari was seen in more than 100 films and appeared in such cult favorites as “Meatballs,” “Heathers,” “Bring It On,” “Goodfellas,” “Hoffa,” “Office Space,” “Clerks,” “Heist,” “A Simple Plan,” “Last Action Hero,” “A Picture of Dorian Gray,” “Party of Five,” “Fairytale of New York,” “Meet Joe Black,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Master Class,” “You’re In the Picture,” “Grand Theft Auto: Go in Style,” “Kingpin,” “Hollywood Homicide,” “Kingpin 2: Frozen in Time,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Shane,” “Shane,” “Get Shorty,” “Strangers With Candy,” “Goin’ Wild,” “Watty’s Castle,” “Return to Me,” “Best in Show,” “The French Connection,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “The King and I,” “Big,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Thirteenth Night,” “Bullitt,” “Love Letters,” “The Vikings,” “Slippin'” High,” “Working Girl,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Godfather” and “The Deer Hunter.”

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