Joe Flaherty, ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and ‘SCTV’ star, dies at 82

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Joe Flaherty, the two-time Emmy-winning actor finest recognized for his work in comedies together with Canadian sketch comedy present “SCTV,” died on Monday after a short sickness. He was 82.

Flaherty’s daughter, Gudrun, confirmed his loss of life on Tuesday to the Related Press.

The comic, actor and author was additionally recognized for his position as Lindsay and Sam’s beloved dad, Harold Weir, on “Freaks and Geeks.” He additionally performed a heckler to Adam Sandler’s titular character in “Joyful Gilmore.” Flaherty’s most lasting contribution to comedy, although, was via his work with the Second Metropolis.

Flaherty started his comedy profession at Second Metropolis’s Chicago location, the place he wrote and carried out in a number of revues over seven years. In these performances, he starred alongside Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis and John Belushi. Flaherty later moved to Toronto to assist develop a brand new Second Metropolis location.

Whereas he was in Canada, Flaherty additionally starred in and wrote for “SCTV,” working with comedic legends John Sweet, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Brief. He was nominated for 9 Primetime Emmy Awards for his writing on the present, successful twice in 1982 and 1983. His work on the sequence is regarded extremely to today, from his impressions of Richard Nixon and Gregory Peck, to his unique characters Large Jim McBob, Man Caballero and Rely Floyd.

Flaherty continued work in movie and tv lengthy after his time on “SCTV,” showing in “Again to the Future II,” “One Loopy Summer time,” “Nationwide Safety,” “Household Man,” “The King of Queens” and extra.

“Dad was a rare man, recognized for his boundless coronary heart and an unwavering ardour for films from the ’40s and ’50s,” his daughter wrote in Tuesday’s assertion, based on AP. “Cinema wasn’t merely a passion for him; it profoundly influenced his profession, notably his unforgettable time with ‘SCTV.’ He cherished each second spent on the present, so happy with its success and so proud to be a part of a tremendous solid.”

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