Original Saturday Night Live Cast Member George Coe Dies at 86

Saturday Night Live Original Cast Member George Coe Dies at 86
George Coe
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07/20/2015 AT 01:55 PM EDT

George Coe, an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, passed away Saturday at age 86.

The actor died in Santa Monica, California, after a long battle with an unspecified illness, Variety reports.

Coe's extensive career spanned more than five decades. As one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Coe starred in SNL's debut episode in October 1975 with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd, appearing in several episodes throughout the first season.

In addition to SNL, Coe earned an Academy Award nomination for the 1986 film The Dove, which he co-directed as well as starred in, and was featured in a number of TV shows and movies, including guest spots on Gilmore Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm.



Most recently, Coe voiced the character of Woodhouse in the FX animated series Archer for six seasons.

Coe also served on the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors for more than a dozen years and held the vice president title for two years. He was awarded the Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild in 2009.
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