David Lander, the actor who performed Squiggy on ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ has died at age 73

(CNN) — Actor David Lander, frequent for his function as Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman on the sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died at the age of 73.

Lander died on Friday at Cedars-Sinai medical core after combating distinctive sclerosis for decades, his family spoke of in a press release to CNN.

“David’s family unit hopes his lovers will remember him for the entire laughter he introduced into the realm.” the observation read.

On “Laverne & Shirley,” Lander played Squiggy and Michael McKean played Lenny, the upstairs neighbors to Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, played by way of Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, respectively.


u.s. – JUNE 30: LAVERNE & SHIRLEY – “trying out, trying out” 12/13/79 additional, David L. Lander (picture through Walt Disney tv by the use of Getty photographs image Archives/Walt Disney television by the use of Getty photos)

The exhibit, a “satisfied Days” spinoff set in Milwaukee, ran from 1976 to 1983. Marshall died in December 2018 at age seventy five.

Lander, who turned into born in Brooklyn, ny, become in one hundred twenty motion pictures and television collection together with “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Used vehicles,” “frightening movie” and “one hundred and one Dalmatians: The collection.”

Lander become diagnosed with distinct sclerosis in 1984, twelve months after “Laverne & Shirley” got here to an conclusion. He kept the disorder a secret except 1999 with the free up of his memoir, “collapse Laughing: How Squiggy Caught distinct Sclerosis and did not tell no one.”

He later grew to be wide-spread for speakme at conventions, fundraisers and galas where he recommended for others who reside with distinct sclerosis.

“My doctor painted a fairly bleak photo of the disorder, even going so far as to tell me I likely wouldn’t walk again…,” Lander said right through an interview in mind & lifestyles journal. “some thing occurs, MS can not take it all. i will be able to at all times have my heart and soul, my wit and wisdom. at any place the chips may also fall, if I fall with them i will be able to make it a point to do so gracefully—and laughing.”

The actor leaves in the back of his spouse of forty one years, Kathy Lander, and 37-year-historic daughter Natalie Lander.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman contributed to this file.