Original ‘SNL’ Cast Member George Coe Dead at 86
Coe had a distinguished career spanning nearly six decades. He was not only a member of the original cast of Saturday Night Live, he was also a star of the big screen. In 1986, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, The Dove, which he co-directed. He would go on to become a SAG activist, serving on the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors, and ascending to the role of vice president for two years. He was instrumental in creating the template for SAG’s first low-budget production contract. In 2009, The Hollywood wing of SAG awarded Coe with the Ralph Morgan Award for his considerable service to the guild.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Coe appeared on everything from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Grey’s Anatomy, to The Golden Girls and The West Wing, and much more. In recent years, Coe voiced Wheeljack in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in addition to butler Woodhouse on FX’s animated comedy Archer. In short, even if you don’t think you know Coe, you probably know Coe. So this is a pretty big loss to the entertainment industry, as they’ve lost not only a talented actor but also a good man.
Our condolences go out to Coe’s family and friends at this trying time. R.I.P. George Coe.