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Gary Friedkin, Star Wars & Happy Days Actor, Dies at 70

Actor Gary Friedkin has died from COVID-19 issues, People studies. He was 70 years outdated.


Friedkin, who was greatest identified for his roles as Clarence on Happy Days and an Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi, “endured a difficult three-and-a-half weeks in the medical intensive care unit” earlier than he died “peacefully” in a hospice care facility December 2, in response to an obituary shared by the actor’s family.

“He was a gift to all who knew him as an amazing son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and friend. Gary lived his life to the absolute fullest, bringing endless laughs to his family and many friends, while never letting the obstacles he faced get in his way,” the obituary, revealed within the Tribune Chronicle, reads.

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Also showing in movies comparable to 2016’s Mother’s Day, Friedkin’s household says that everybody the actor met had “a Gary story”—together with the “long list” of actors he labored with.

“Gary put countless smiles on people’s faces and left so many with their own special ‘Gary Story.'”

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Despite His Short Stature, Friedkin’s Family Says He was ‘Giant’ to Loved Ones

Although Friedkin stood at solely 4 toes tall, the actor by no means let his top cease him from having an enormous presence within the lives of those that knew him. “Born to entertain” and a proud member of Little People of America, Friedkin’s household says the Young Doctors in Love actor’s persona made him “a giant” to those that knew him, writing:

“While Gary may have been short of stature, he was a giant amongst his family and friends. His legacy will live on as stories are told and retold for years to come by all who loved him.”

Friedkin’s household additionally urged others to “get vaccinated and boosted to protect their family and community,” and thanked readers prematurely for respecting their privateness right now.

A celebration of the actor’s life can be held within the spring, and a scholarship has been arrange in Friedkin’s title at his alma mater, Youngstown State University, for “those with a disability or a concentration in the performing arts.” Donations might be made to the Gary Friedkin Scholarship at YSU Foundation, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.

Friedkin is survived by his brother, Alan, sister-in-law Carol, and a number of other beloved nephews and nieces.

Our ideas exit to Friedkin’s household at this troublesome time. May he rest in peace.

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