Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82

Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82

Comedian Joe Flaherty, a founding member of the beloved Canadian sketch series “SCTV,” has died. He was 82.

His daughter Gudrun said Tuesday that Flaherty died Monday following a brief illness.

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

Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82
Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82

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

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

Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82

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 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 stated on X. “At all times 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 may know. Genius of a comic. And a real sweetheart. Good combo. A lot like to his children and due to Joe for all of the greatness he gave us all.”

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

“Dad was a unprecedented man, recognized for his boundless heart and an unwavering ardour for films 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 forged.”

“Star and Comedian Joe Flaherty dies at 82”

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