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There is very sad news in the world today as we have learned that Larry Drake has passed away. His passing took place on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles due to complications of recent medical issues. He was 66 years old.
Drake began his professional acting career in 1971, playing bit parts in movies and TV. He eventually played the role of a disabled office assistant Benny Stulwicz on L.A. LAW. He recurred on the series from 1987-94 and was Emmy nominated for the role on three occasions, 1988, 1989 and 1990 winning the first two times. He also reprised his role for the 2002 L.A. LAW feature film.
In 1981, the actor went the Horror route playing the mentally challenged Bubba Ritter in the made-for-TV movie DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW.
In 1990, Drake took on the role of villainous Robert G. Durant in Sam Raimi's DARKMAN and also appeared in the first sequel.
Drake also portrayed one of the most memorable evil Santa's ever in the episode from TALES FROM THE CRYPT, "And All Through The House."
In 1992 he took on the lead role as the homicidal physician DR. GIGGLES.
Drake leaves behind quite an impressive body of work as he appeared on many other television shows as well as films.
Screenwriter and close friend Charles Pogue told EW:
“He was a great person. Genuine sweet, smart, gentle man. A very loyal, good friend.”
R.I.P. Larry Drake. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this very difficult time.