‘Happy Gilmore’ Star Joe Flaherty Dead At 82

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Actor and comedian Joe Flaherty, known for his roles on Happy Gilmore and Freaks and Geeks, died on Monday at the age of 82.

Flaherty, who was also perhaps best known as one of the original cast members on the Canadian sketch comedy series, Second City Television (SCTV), died after suffering a brief illness, his daughter Gudrun Flaherty told Toronto Star.

“After a brief illness, he left us yesterday, and since then, I’ve been struggling to come to terms with this immense loss,” Flaherty’s daughter said. “Dad was an extraordinary man, known for his boundless heart and an unwavering passion for movies from the ’40s and ’50s.”

“His insights into the golden age of cinema didn’t just shape his professional life; they were also a source of endless fascination for me,” she added. “In these last few months, as he faced his health challenges, we had the precious opportunity to watch many of those classic movies together — moments I will forever hold dear.”

Flaherty was also known for playing Harold Weir, the father of Lindsay and Sam Weir, on the 1999-2000 series Freaks and Geeks. He also famously heckled Adam Sandler’s character in the 1996 film Happy Gilmore.

Moreover, the actor had recurring roles on Police Academy: The Series and The King of Queens, and taught comedy writing at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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