David Lander (right), the comic strip actor best known for playing « Squiggy » in « Laverne & Shirley », died Friday at the age of 73.
David Lander, the comic book actor best known for playing « Squiggy » on Laverne & Shirley, died at the age of 73 after decades of battling multiple sclerosis.
The actor’s family confirmed to Variety that Lander died Friday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with his wife, Kathy, by his side.
From 1976 to 1983, Lander played Andrew « Squiggy » Squiggman in Laverne & Shirley in over 150 episodes, opposite Lenny by Michael McKean; The two actors began working together as students at Carnegie Mellon University and developed these roles before arriving in Los Angeles.
Following news of Lander’s death, McKean shared a photo of his longtime comedy partner on Twitter:
Lander and McKean also appeared together in Steven Spielberg’s 1979 (1941) war comedy and Robert Zemecki’s (1980) Used Cars.
Halfway through Laverne & Shirley’s run, McKean and Lander released a one-off album in 1979 under the name Lenny and the Squigtones. Christopher Guest, working under the name Nigel Tufnel, is credited with the guitar work on this LP. Guest would later see this character alongside McKean’s David St. . Hubbins in Spinal Tap.
Over a career spanning five decades, Lander also appeared in films such as A League of Their Own, 2000 Scary Movie (Principal Squiggman), and the role of Tim Pinkle in the second season of the original Twin Peaks series; ; Lander later appeared in David Lynch’s short-lived On the Air series.
Lander’s distinctive voice also resulted in dozens of language roles, including the rat « Smart Ass » in Who Framed Roger Rabbit ?, the Nickelodeon series Oswald (again alongside McKean), the 1980s animated series Galaxy High, and a guest appearance in a 2002 Episode of The Simpsons in which he played Squiggy. ”
In 1999, Lander announced that he had been fighting multiple sclerosis for over a decade. However, the actor remained active well into the last few years, most recently casting votes for episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and Goldie and Bear.
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