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Saturday evening in Santa Monica ended on a solemn note as actor, comedian and activist George Coe passed away at 86 years old. Coe was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, and most recently voiced the protagonist's frail, loyal and drug-addled butler, Woodhouse, on FX's hit show Archer.

An NYC native from Queens, Coe dedicated much of his talent to voice=over work, spending six years as the voice of Toyota. Known for his comedic turns on shows such as The Golden Girls, King of Queens, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but his talent expanded across the spectrum with over 50 years of theatrical work under his belt. Most notably, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1968 comedy short film The Dove, which he co-directed as well as starred in.

Woodhouse in Archer
Woodhouse in Archer

Along with Archer, Coe lent his voice to a number of geeky staple shows, such as [Star Wars: The Clone Wars](tag:200641) and The Legend of Korra. He played a guest role on Supernatural as Pat, and even held fictional office as Senator Howard Stackhouse on The West Wing.

Rightly, it was the actor's passionate activism that he was so often recognized for, primarily while serving on the Screen Actors Guild board as a member and, for two years, its vice president, advocating for creator's rights and small production companies.

While his career was not exactly as quiet and thankless as Woodhouse's, Coe's dedication to the arts helped provide a starting point for young actors and filmmakers, and his talents brought to life many of the staple characters from our childhoods that we rarely connected to a name.


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