There Are No Small Roles And No Small Actors

Mike Hagerty often portrayed blue-collar people mainly because he looked like a blue-collar type of guy. With that burly build, somewhat unkept curly brown hair and brostache, he looked like he was about to say “Da Bears.” On April 29, he passed away at the age of 67.

Hagerty was from Chicago and attended the University of Illinois-Chicago. One of his popular roles was alongside Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn at Billy Pratt in Overboard, but he was mostly cast in smaller roles, most notably as Mr. Teeger, the building superintendent on Friends. He had appeared on the famous episode in which Joey and Chandler are so excited after accidentally get free porn on the TV. (Hey, it was the 1990s.)

He was cast as a public TV worker in the hit comedy Wayne’s World, alongside Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and Ed O’Neill. He would go on to appear in two more movies with Myers, such as So I Married an Axe Murderer and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me playing a peanut vendor during the sequence where people are saying Dr. Evil’s space ship looks like male genitalia.

Like most character actors, he often blended into the background. He’d appeared as a recurring character in a TV show or sometimes only one episode. If he was in a movie, he may have only had one scene. But most working actors are just fortunate to get a gig. Hagerty had been working since 1983 appearing in Doctor Detroit. He had dozens of movies and TV roles.

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Published by bobbyzane420

I'm an award winning journalist and photographer who covered dozens of homicides and even interviewed President Jimmy Carter on multiple occasions. A back injury in 2011 and other family medical emergencies sidelined my journalism career. But now, I'm doing my own thing, focusing on movies (one of my favorite topics), current events and politics (another favorite topic) and just anything I feel needs to be posted. Thank you for reading.

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