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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.

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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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