Freaks And Geeks & Happy Gilmore Actor Joe Flaherty Dead At 82



Freaks And Geeks & Happy Gilmore Actor Joe Flaherty Dead At 82 2

Joe Flaherty’s oeuvre boasts diverse credits, but he particularly shined in comedic roles. His performance as the old-fashioned father of Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and Sam (John Francis Daley) on «Freaks and Geeks» ensured that there were always laughs to complement the show’s more dramatic moments. However, some of his most acclaimed work as a performer and writer happened in the 1970s and ’80s courtesy of «SCTV.»

The comedy series saw Flaherty play multiple characters, including Hollywood icon Charlton Heston, across 76 episodes. He also served as a head writer, and his celebrated tenure earned the show two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. «SCTV» also saw Flaherty work with some bona fide comedy legends, including John Candy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Andrea Martin.

While he didn’t always play the leading man, Flaherty is associated with some of the best comedies of all time. His legacy is synonymous with creating laughter, and his filmography is full of projects waiting to be rediscovered.

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