LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor David L. Lander, who performed the character of Squiggy on the favored ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley,” has died after a decades-long battle with a number of sclerosis, his spouse mentioned. He was 73.
Lander died Friday in Los Angeles, surrounded by his spouse, daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Fields Lander mentioned in an e mail Saturday to the Related Press.
“It was very peaceable,” Lander mentioned. “He had a troublesome battle with MS for 37 years and he persevered like nobody I’ve ever seen, and it taught me an incredible deal concerning the vital issues of life.”
Lander had a longtime comedic partnership with Michael McKean, whom he met at Carnegie Mellon College. Collectively they created the characters of Lenny and Squiggy that they’d play on the present, which ran from 1976 to 1983. Lenny and Squiggy — or Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman — have been buddies and upstairs neighbors of Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams), bottle-cappers in Nineteen Fifties Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
McKean tweeted a photo in tribute to Lander on Saturday of the 2 actors within the early days.
Lander is survived by his spouse and a daughter, Natalie Lander.
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