Bill Macy, the actor who left an indelible imprint on the sitcoms of the 70's with his performance of Norman Lear Maude affectionate, albeit always cheerful, Walter Findlay, died last night in Los Angeles. He was 97 years old.
Macy's death was announced by its producer and manager Matt Beckoff, writing on Facebook "My friend Bill Macy died tonight at 19:13. It was a spit until the end … My condolences to the beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy. "(See the post below.)
Macy acted in 1972-78 All in family spin-off series alongside Bea Arthur, who played the outspoken liberal Maude Findlay, cousin of FamilyEdith Bunker.
Macy's postMaude the credits include the 1979 Steve Martin vehicle The cretin, From 1982 My favorite year, moving and shaker (1985), Tales from the dark side (1986), Me myself and me (1992), Analyze this (1999), Survive at Christmas (2004), The holiday (2006) e Mr. Woodcock (2007), among many others.
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Numerous television appearances both before and after his signature Maude role includes roles on Law & Order, St. Elsewhere, Chicago Hope, The Facts of Life, NYPD Blue, is My name is Earl. Macy appeared, along with other former sitcom stars such as Jesse White and Ann Morgan Guilbert, as one of Del Boca Vista's retirees, in Florida, in episodes of Seinfeld.
Prior to Maude, Macy had made an unaccredited appearance in Mel Brooks " The producers, starred alongside Art Carney and Lilly Tomlin in the 1977 film The Late Showand was one of the members of the 1969 original cast of the Off Broadway landmark Oh, Calcutta !, where he met actress Samantha Harper, whom he would marry in 1975. He survives.
But it was like Maude's Walter Findlay, the owner of Findlay's Friendly Appliances in Tuckahoe, New York, Maude's husband, Arthur's best friend and the funny stepfather of Conrad Bain, Carol, Maude's adult daughter, played by Adrienne Barbeau, whom Macy had breakthrough. His slogan on the show – "Maude, sit down!", Then a Maude who usually quarreled and sat down – it was a constant laugh, a signal that Walter could only be pushed so far, just like Edith Bunker of occasionally he returned to his husband Archie.
In a remarkable plot of Maude, Walter began to show signs of alcoholism, leading to a discussion with his wife that ended in a unique show of physical violence: he slapped her. Repentant, Walter sought help, although his status as a recovering alcoholic was occasionally mentioned later.
Macy's wife, Samantha Harper, has appeared in at least one episode of Maude, and later became a normal on Lear Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
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