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David Lander played Squiggy on Laverne and Shirley

David Lander (1947–2020), Squiggy on ‘Laverne & Shirley’

by Stephen Segal

David Lander was an actor and comedian best known for his costarring role as Squiggy on the hit 1970s sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.”

Acting highlights

Lander, a Brooklyn native, and his comedy partner Michael McKean met and created their Lenny and Squiggy characters while they were acting students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, before “Laverne & Shirley” producer Garry Marshall hired them to bring their writing talents and their shtick to the show. Lander and McKean costarred in the show through its entire eight-year run on ABC.

After “Laverne & Shirley,” Lander went on to appear in dozens of television shows and movies, including “The Love Boat,” “Twin Peaks,” “A League of Their Own,” “Galaxy High,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Simpsons,” “The Bold and The Beautiful,” “Scary Movie,” and many more.


Ambassador for multiple sclerosis

Lander was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984, and he kept his condition private for 15 years before beginning to speak about it publicly. He published a memoir in 2000, Falling Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn’t Tell Nobody. He went on to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

David Lander at the 10th Annual TV Land Awards on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

Tributes to David Lander

Full obituary: Los Angeles Times

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