Tag Archives: Michael McKean

Howard Hesseman, ‘WKRP,’ ‘Head of the Class’ Star, Dies at 81

Howard Hesseman, known to TV fans as Dr. Johnny Fever and teacher Charlie Moore, died Saturday, January 29, at 81. With Khrystyne Haje (b. 1968) on Head of the Class (Image via ABC) His wife, Caroline Ducrocq, confirmed his death, from complications arising after colon surgery in 2021, to THR. Laraine Newman broke the news.…
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Eddie Mekka, ‘Laverne & Shirley’s’ Carmine, Dies @ 69

Just 69 years old, Eddie Mekka — most famous as Laverne & Shirley's resident belter Carmina The Big Ragu Ragusa — died at his Newhall, California, home on November 27. I met Mekka about 10 years ago at an autograph show (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) No cause was given. A friend announced, "R.I.P. Big Ragu: It…
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David L. Lander, ‘Laverne & Shirley’s’ Squiggy, Dies @ 73

David L. Lander, the diminutive actor known for his portrayal of goofy greaser Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley, has died at 73, TMZ reports. McKean & Lander on Laverne & Shirley (Image via ABC) Lander died Friday, December 4, from multiple sclerosis complications, having battled the disease for nearly 40 years, his wife confirmed. Lander was…
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