TV series “American Dreams” star and voice of the animated “Transformers” series, Peter Scolari, passed away on Sunday due to complications from pancreatic cancer according to his friend and acting student Jennifer Smith. He was in the Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis, Indiana.
His friend Fred Olen wrote on Facebook, “It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you that my dear friend Peter Scolari passed away at 2:30 this morning.” “Many of you knew Peter personally. More than there are stars in the sky, there were his dear friends. Never was there a more humble, giant of a person. A talented actor, teacher, and wise old owl. He always made me laugh. I can’t remember how many films we made together, but he probably wrote a book… maybe one day he will. Goodbye, my friend.”
Scolari voiced the character of Sky-Byte in the “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” cartoon series, lending his voice to the character for 39 episodes.
In addition to his role as an actor, he is also credited for roles in “Men in Black II” as the Motor Man and in the NBC TV show “American Dreams” as Gus.
His family includes his brother, James Scolari. The family is planning an online memorial for him, but details are not yet available.