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George Coe Dead: Saturday Night Live Alum Dies at 86

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George Coe, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Original Castmember, Dies at 86.

Though Coe was only credited in his first episode of SNL as one of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” — what the SNL cast was called during the show’s first five seasons — he appeared several times during the first season. George Coe, an original Saturday Night Live cast member and longtime actor and voiceover artist with over 50 years of credits, passed away Saturday in Santa Monica, California after battling a long illness, Variety reports. The Jamaica, Queens-born Coe appeared in multiple roles in every decade since the 1960s, including guest spots on Thirtysomething, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gilmore Girls, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and he even voiced Wheeljack in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

While there’s still no word from Archer creator, Adam Reed, on how Coe’s death will be handled in the mostly-unwritten Season Seven of the show, I hope that Woodhouse gets a send-off rather than being recast. Coe received an Academy Award nomination in 1969 for his 15-minute short film, The Dove, a parody of Ingmar Bergman films that he starred in, produced and directed. At 46 years old, Coe, who was hired because NBC wanted an older presence to balance out all the young, then-unknown talent, was also the oldest member of the cast to ever join the show until 47-year-old Leslie Jones edged him out in 2014. The 86-year-old also served over a dozen years on the SAG national board of directors, including fulfilling the position of vice president for two years. Coe also starred in and co-directed The Dove, an Oscar-nominated short film released in 1968 which parodied the works of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

In the 1960s, the New York native, who graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, starred in the original Broadway productions of What Makes Sammy Run? based on the novel by Budd Schulberg, and Jerry Herman’s Mame, starring Angela Lansbury. While Coe did not return for SNL’s second season, he enjoyed a lengthy acting career that boasted notable roles in films and television shows like 1979’s Kramer Vs.

An outspoken advocate for the rights of Screen Actors Guild members, Coe “cared deeply about making things better for actors,” wrote Wil Wheaton on Twitter following the news of Coe’s death. In Norm Macdonald’s Twitter monologue offering a behind-the-scenes look at the SNL40 special, he revealed that Rolling Stone’s 141 SNL Cast Members Ranked list provided some needling among the crew backstage. “‘As long as I beat George Coe,’ I said, making a fine joke,” Macdonald tweeted. “Again the truth was a finer joke.

And on it went.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. A group associated with the Church of Scientology lobbied against a vetoed Texas bill that would have allowed doctors in the state to detain dangerous and mentally ill patients, The Texas Tribune reports.

The paper has obtained records showing that a conglomerate group that included the Scientology-founded Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) sent information to the state’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who vetoed the bill. (Abbott is Christian.) The legislation would have given emergency room doctors a four-hour window in which they could detain patients who were mentally ill or appeared unsafe until authorities could assess the situation. Two weeks before Abbott’s veto, a group calling itself the SB 359 Veto Coalition hand-delivered a letter to the governor opposing the bill, the paper reports. Other groups who were involved in the Veto Coalition include the Texas Home School Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the anti-vaccine group Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education and Texans for Accountable Government.

The governor “should have reached out to physicians and other medical personnel who provide care in the real world of our emergency rooms before vetoing this legislation,” said the Texas Medical Association in a statement, which lobbied in favor of the bill.

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