George Coe Dead: Original Saturday Night Live Cast Member Was 86

George Coe Dead: Original Saturday Night Live Cast Member Was 86
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George Coe, an original member of Saturday Night Live known for his roles in movies like “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “The Stepford Wives,” passed away Saturday. He was 86.


Coe, who provided the voice of Woodhouse, the heroin-addicted valet in the FX animated series “Archer” for six seasons died in Santa Monica after suffering from an unspecified illness.

According to PEOPLE Magazine, Coe was the original member of Saturday Night Live’s Not Ready for Prime Time Players. He appeared on SNL’s debut episode in October 1975 with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.

His career lasted for five decades.

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He also received an Academy Award nomination for comedy film “The Dove” (1968), which he co-directed – along with Anthony Lover – and acted in. He also made appearance in television shows and movies, including Gilmore Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

He was also part of the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors for a dozen years, while also serving as the vice president for two years. He is also credited for creating the template for SAG’s first low-budget production contract.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, his Broadway theater career started in 1957. Some of his roles included portraying M. Lindsey Woolsey opposite Angela Lansbury in the original cast of Jerry Herman’s “Mame” and as Owen O’Malley in “On The Twentieth Century.”

In “Kramer vs. Kramer,” he played the role of the head of an ad agency.

Some of the other films he was involved in included “The Stepford Wives,” “Bustin’ Loose,” “Mickey and Maude” and “Funny People.” His television credits include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Max Headroom,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Bones,” “Judging Amy,” “The King of Queens,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Columbo,” “The Golden Girls” and “The West Wing.”

He was presented with the Ralph Morgan Award by the Hollywood Division of SAG in 2009 for his contribution to the guild.

“It is with heavy hearts that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to George Coe,” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, as reported by Variety. “He was a stalwart unionist and a tremendous presence in our union for many years. He served his fellow actors and the labor movement with conviction and pride. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”

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