‘SCTV’ star and comic Joe Flaherty dies at 82

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Former solid members of SCTV Dave Thomas (from left), Joe Flaherty, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, foreground, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Martin Quick, pose on the U.S. Comedy Arts Pageant on March 6, 1999, in Aspen, Colo. Flaherty, a founding member of the Canadian sketch collection “SCTV,” died Monday at age 82. E Pablo Kosmicki/AP disguise caption

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- 'SCTV' star and comic Joe Flaherty dies at 82

Former solid members of SCTV Dave Thomas (from left), Joe Flaherty, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, foreground, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Martin Quick, pose on the U.S. Comedy Arts Pageant on March 6, 1999, in Aspen, Colo. Flaherty, a founding member of the Canadian sketch collection “SCTV,” died Monday at age 82.

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TORONTO — Comic Joe Flaherty, a founding member of the beloved Canadian sketch collection “SCTV,” has died. He was 82.

His daughter Gudrun mentioned Tuesday that Flaherty died Monday following a quick sickness.

Flaherty, who was born in Pittsburgh, spent seven years at The Second Metropolis in Chicago earlier than shifting north of the border to assist set up the theater’s Toronto outpost.

He went on to star alongside John Sweet and Catherine O’Hara in “SCTV,″ a few fictional TV station generally known as Second Metropolis Tv that was stacked with buffoons in entrance of and behind the cameras. Flaherty’s characters included community boss Man Caballero and the vampiric TV host Rely Floyd.

Former castmates additionally included Martin Quick, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin.

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He received Emmys in 1982 and 1983 for his writing on “SCTV” and continued to work in TV and movie for many years.

He was launched to later generations by means of memorable turns as a jeering heckler within the 1996 movie “Blissful Gilmore” and as an quaint dad within the TV comedy “Freaks and Geeks,” which ran from 1999 to 2000.

“Oh man. Worshipped Joe rising up,” comic Adam Sandler mentioned on X. “All the time had me and my brother laughing. Rely Floyd, Man Caballero. Any transfer he made.”

“He crushed as border guard in Stripes. Could not be extra enjoyable to have him heckle me on the golf course. The nicest man you could possibly know. Genius of a comic. And a real sweetheart. Good combo. A lot like to his children and because of Joe for all of the greatness he gave us all.”

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Flaherty maintained deep ties to Toronto, serving as an artist-in-residence at Humber School.

“Dad was a unprecedented man, identified for his boundless coronary heart and an unwavering ardour for motion pictures from the ’40s and ’50s,” his daughter wrote in Tuesday’s assertion. “Cinema wasn’t merely a interest for him; it profoundly influenced his profession, significantly his unforgettable time with ‘SCTV.’ He cherished each second spent on the present, so pleased with its success and so proud to be a part of an incredible solid.”

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