Mike Hagerty, star of many famous TV shows, dies at 67
Mike Hagerty, the productive entertainer who recently starred in HBO’s acclaimed comedy-drama “Somebody Somewhere,” kicked the bucket in Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 67 years old.
Bridget Everett, who played Hagerty’s on-screen daughter in “Somebody Somewhere,” shared the news via her Instagram on Friday.
A veteran entertainer with 100 credits in various network shows and movies, Hagerty was also known for his repetitive work on the hit NBC sitcom “Friends,” where he played Mr. Treeger, the skyscraper administrator that most major actors resided in.
He also played a fundamental role in the casting of Fox’s “The George Carlin Show” and HBO’s “Lucky Louie.” Born and raised in Chicago, Hagerty was known for his distinctive mustache and thick Chicago accent and started out as a performer in the city’s famous comedy theater organization, Second City.
Hagerty began his screen career in the mid-1980s with odd jobs in films, for example, “Doctor Detroit”, “The Imposter”, “Turk 182” and “Brewster’s Millions”. In 1986, he booked his most memorable television work in an episode of the exemplary sitcom “Cheers.”
Over the next very long period, he would become a successive sight on sitcoms, spreading the word about appearances in series well, for example, “Married… with children”, “Murphy Brown”, “Dear John”, “Get a Life”, “The Wonder Years”, “Martin”, “Seinfeld”, “The Wayans Bros.”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “Grace Under Fire”, “Ally McBeal”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” , “Desperate Housewives”, “Boston Legal”, “Good Luck Charlie”, “Glee”, “Happy Endings”, “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
Dramatizations in which he has been featured include “Crime Story”, “Angel”, “ER”, and “Deadwood”. despite his work as Mr. Treeger in “Friends”, he also had repeated roles in shows such as “The Building”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Home Court”.
In 1994, Hagerty had his usual most memorable TV job in the short-lived “The George Carlin Show,” which featured the incredible comedian. Hagerty portrayed Frank MacNamara, a bar mate to Carlin personality George O’Grady, on both seasons of the show.
In 2006, he had a starring role in HBO’s “Lucky Louie,” where he played specialist Mike, the dearest companion and boss of main character Louis (Louis CK). In 2013, he had a recurring role on the TNT wrongdoing show “Mob City”, playing “Fat Jack” Bray, a member of an LAPD crew hired to finish mob duties in the city.
Although most popular for his television jobs, Hagerty has also had a few film jobs, particularly in comedies. In 1987, he played Kurt Russell’s closest companion in the satirical film “Overboard”, which also starred Goldie Hawn and Edward Herrmann.
During the 90s, he played important roles in films, for example, “Dick Tracy”, “Space Truckers”, “Speed 2: Cruise Control” and “Inspector Gadget”. He’s also appeared in three Mike Myers comedies over the past decade: ‘Wayne’s World’, ‘So I Married an Ax Murderer’ and ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’.
“Somebody Somewhere,” which debuted last January, was one of Hagerty’s final assignments. He portrayed Ed Miller, a rancher from Kansas and the mild-mannered father of fundamental man Sam (portrayed by Everett).
Hagerty was a warm presence on the show, with the bond between his personality and Sam becoming one of the show’s closest centers of home. A major storyline of Season 1 was Ed’s efforts to keep the family together after Sam’s sister died, while struggling with his own distress.
Alongside Everett, Hagerty’s main on-stage accomplice was Jane Drake Brody, who portrayed his on-screen wife Mary Jo, whose battles with alcohol addiction were another major storyline for the most memorable season. from the Serie. At the time of Hagerty’s passing, the premiere of “Somebody Somewhere” Season 2 was scheduled to begin in half a month.
Hagerty is owed by his better half Mary Kathryn, his sister Mary Ann Hagerty, his step-sister Kathleen O’Rourke and his niece Meg.
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