Comedian and TV star Joe Flaherty has died

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The American-Canadian actor and comedian, Joe Flaherty, has died at the age of 82. The BBC reports.

Flaherty’s death was announced by his daughter Gudrun, who said that the death came after a “short period of illness”.

The Hollywood star is perhaps best known for his role as Harold Weir in Freaks and Geeks and from the comedy series SCTV.

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In a statement, Gudrun says her father had an “unwavering passion for films from the 40s and 50s” that influenced his career.

She emphasizes that Flaherty was particularly excited about the work with SCTV.

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– He loved every moment of that program, and was so proud of the program’s success and so proud to be part of the wonderful group, she continues.

Comedian Martin Short (74), who also worked with SCTV, pays tribute to his former colleague.

WAS 82: Comedian Joe Flaherty. Photo: Splach / NTB
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– There were very few people who were as wise and funny when it came to comedy, teaching improvisation and the art of character work as Joe. In SCTV we called him the anchor. He was simply the funniest man in the room. I just loved him.

Hollywood star Adam Sandler (57) has also taken to Instagram to remember his former colleague. The duo played together in the comedy “Happy Gilmore”.

COLLEAGUES: Joe Flaherty worked with (from left) Dave Thomas, Flaherty, Catherine O'Hara, Andrea Martin, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Martin Short on the SCTV comedy series. Photo: AP Photo/E Pablo Kosmicki/NTB

COLLEAGUES: Joe Flaherty worked with (from left) Dave Thomas, Flaherty, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy and Martin Short on the SCTV comedy series. Photo: AP Photo/E Pablo Kosmicki/NTB
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“Oh man. I adored Joe growing up. He always made me and my brother laugh. Count Floyd, Guy Caballero. Everything he did. He did so well as a border guard in “Stripes”. Couldn’t have been more fun to make him fuck with me on the golf course,” he initially writes under an Instagram post, and adds:

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“The nicest guy in the world. Brilliant comedian. Really thoughtful. Perfect combo. I send lots of love to his children and thanks to Joe for all he gave us.”

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Flaherty’s career spanned nearly five decades, with several well-known appearances in the TV series “Frasier” and “Family Guy,” among others.

Born in Pittsburgh, Flaherty got his start in comedy as part of the Chicago improv troupe, The Second City.

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