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Two-time Emmy winner Larry Drake, who portrayed the mentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's hit drama series L.A. Law, passed away today at the age of 66. While no cause of death was given, TMZ reports that the actor did have recent health problems pertaining to his weight, but his health issues weren't thought to be terminal. The actor was found in his Hollywood, California home by a friend at approximately 1:30 Pm today.
Larry Drake was born on February 21, 1950 to Lorraine, a homemaker, and Raymond Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and originally wanted to be a teacher before studying acting. He landed a variety of small roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s in movies like Date with a Kidnapper and The Karate Kid, and TV shows such as Hardcastle and McCormick and Hunter. In 1987, he landed the role of Benny Stulwicz, »
Though an exact cause of death has not yet been released, TMZ reports that Drake was discovered in his home by a friend; paramedics were called and Drake was pronounced dead at the scene.
From 1987 to 1994, Drake portrayed mentally disabled office clerk Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law, an unforgettable character who earned him back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1988 and 1989. The role also earned Drake three Golden Globe nominations »
Larry Drake, best known for his Emmy-winning role in L.A. Law, has died, People can confirm. He was 66. "He was such a nice man and a great actor," Drake's agent Mike Eisenstadt tells People. The actor was found dead in his Hollywood home on Thursday, TMZ reports. In 1988 and 1989, Drake won consecutive outstanding supporting actor Emmys for playing mentally-impaired office worker Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law. He reprised his role in 2002's L.A. Law: The Movie. He was also featured in Darkman (1990) and Bean (1997) and also had minor roles in episodes of 7th Heaven (2006) and Boston Legal (2008). In addition, Drake »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Larry Drake, best known for his Emmy-winning role in L.A. Law, has died. He was 66. Drake was found dead in his Hollywood home on Thursday, TMZ reports. In 1988 and 1989, the late actor won consecutive outstanding supporting actor Emmys for playing mentally-impaired office worker Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law. He reprised his role in 2002's L.A. Law: The Movie. He was also featured in Darkman (1990) and Bean (1997) as well as minor roles in episodes of 7th Heaven (2006) and Boston Legal (2008). In addition, Drake did voiceover work on animated series such as Justice League, What's New, Scooby-Doo? and most notably Johnny Bravo »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
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