‘Younger Docs in Love’ Actor Was 70

Gary Friedkin, who appeared within the movies Younger Docs in Love and Mom’s Day for director Garry Marshall, died Friday of problems from COVID-19 at a hospice facility in Youngstown, Ohio, his household introduced. He was 70.

Friedkin additionally portrayed Clarence, a prepare dinner at Arnold’s restaurant, on three 1982 episodes of the Marshall-created Completely satisfied Days. In a operating gag, the character was talked about however by no means seen till he confirmed up through the ABC comedy’s tenth season.

Friedkin additionally received to struggle with Harrison Ford as a member of a biker gang in Blade Runner (1982) and performed an Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983).

One in every of 4 children, Gary Jay Friedkin was born in Youngstown on Nov. 23, 1952. He performed piano and percussion devices in bands whereas attending highschool at The Rayen Faculty, then graduated from the Dana Faculty of Music at Youngstown State College in 1970.

He moved to Los Angeles and made his onscreen debut in Underneath the Rainbow (1981), a comedy starring Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and Wizard of Oz actor Jerry Maren.

Friedkin portrayed Dr. Milton Chamberlain within the cleaning soap opera spoof Younger Docs in Love (1982) as a part of a solid that included Michael McKean, Sean Younger, Ted McGinley, Harry Dean Stanton and Dabney Coleman, then appeared in Mom’s Day (2016), Marshall’s remaining film.

Friedkin, 4-foot tall, was an energetic member of Little Folks of America and attended many conventions, the place he related with individuals throughout the U.S. and launched others to the group, his household famous.

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“Whereas Gary might have been wanting stature, he was a large amongst his household and pals,” they mentioned.

Survivors embody his brother, Alan; sister-in-law Carol; nephews Nathan and Aaron; and niece Sara.

A scholarship has been established in his identify at Youngstown State. Consideration might be given to these with a incapacity or a focus within the performing arts. Donations will be made to the Gary Friedkin Scholarship; YSU Basis; 655 Wick Ave.; Youngstown, OH 44502.

A celebration of his life might be held this spring.



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