Sunday, April 14, 2024

RIP David Lander, 73, One of Half of the Magical Team of Lenny and Squiggy with Michael McKean on “Laverne and Shirley”


David Lander has died at age 73, from complications of MS, according to reports. Lander and Michael McKean were the utterly hilariously magical team of Lenny and Squiggy on “Laverne and Shirley” from 1976 to 1983. They were like a sideshow that came into town on every episode, completely nuts and unexpectedly brilliant.

Condolences to his friends and family, to Michael McKean especially. All I could think when I heard he passed was that Penny and Garry Marshall — so so missed — were waiting for him in heaven.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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