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Joe Flaherty, SCTV Comedian and Happy Gilmore Tormenter, Dead at 82

Joe Flaherty, an original cast member of Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV who will also be remembered for roles in Freaks and Geeks and Happy Gilmore, has died at the age of 82.

Flaherty got his start with the Chicago comedy troupe Second City before relocating to Toronto in 1973. Alongside Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Harold Ramis, Flaherty starred as an original cast member of SCTV, the influential Canadian sketch comedy series that ran for six seasons through 1984. For his efforts, Flaherty won Emmy Awards for outstanding writing in 1982 and 1983.

Flaherty later starred on Eugene Levy’s early ’90s sitcom Manic Mansion, based on the 1987 video game of the same name. He also had a role on Freaks and Geeks, playing A-1 Sporting Goods owner Harold Weir (the father of Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley’s characters).

On the big screen, Flaherty made memorable appearances in Back to the Future II as a Western Union postal worker and in Happy Gilmore as Donald, a jeering fan who tormented Adam Sandler’s character by yelling “jackass!” every time he took a swing.

Later in his career, Flaherty made guest appearances on shows including That ’70s Show, Frasier, The King of Queens, and Family Guy.


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