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Actor and Comedian Joe Flaherty Passes Away at 82

Joe Flaherty, renowned for his roles in “Second City Television” (SCTV) and “Freaks and Geeks,” has sadly passed away at the age of 82.

His daughter, Gudrun, confirmed his demise after a brief illness, expressing her struggle to cope with the profound loss. She fondly remembers her father as an extraordinary man with an unwavering passion for classic cinema from the ’40s and ’50s.

Flaherty’s illustrious career began at The Second City in Chicago, where he honed his comedic skills. He then starred in several Mainstage revues and joined “SCTV,” where he showcased his comedic brilliance alongside notable talents like John Candy and Martin Short. Short affectionately referred to Flaherty as the “anchor” of SCTV, highlighting his wisdom and humor.

Flaherty’s influence extended beyond SCTV, with memorable performances in shows like “Frasier” and “Family Guy.” He further endeared himself to audiences with roles in beloved films such as “Happy Gilmore” and “Back to the Future II.”

His impact was felt not only in the US but also in Canada, where he helped establish Second City Toronto. Colleagues and co-stars remember him as a kind and talented comedian, cherishing the memories of working alongside him.

Flaherty’s legacy as a comedic genius lives on, leaving behind a void that will be deeply felt by fans and loved ones alike. Though he may be gone, his spirit, humor, and love endure through the timeless laughter he brought to the world.

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