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Published Time: 02.04.2024 - 16:13:05 Modified Time: 02.04.2024 - 16:13:05

He was a staple in television comedies in the 1990s, including a regular role on the sitcom Maniac Mansion. He also spent a year playing Cmdt. Stuart Hefilfinger in the short-lived Police Academy television reboot. Joe Flaherty


A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Flaherty served in the United States Air Force for several years before making the pivot to acting. He moved to Chicago and joined the Second City Theatre troupe.

Later, he moved to Toronto and helped establish the Toronto Second City theatre troupe, which led to a starring role on SCTV as one of the original performers and writers.

He was a staple in television comedies in the 1990s, including a regular role on the sitcom Maniac Mansion. He also spent a year playing Cmdt. Stuart Hefilfinger in the short-lived Police Academy television reboot.

In 1999 he took on what became perhaps his most memorable role, starring as Harold Weir in the now-cult favourite NBC comedy Freaks and Geeks. The show only lasted one season, but Flaherty made his mark as the highly irritable but loving dad to Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and Sam Weir (John Francis Daly.)

He also made his foray into the world of cinema, including the role of a sabotaging golf fan who yelled “Jackass!” every time Adam Sandler stepped up to the tee in Happy Gilmore.

More recently, Flaherty had credits on Clone High, Family Guy, Big Bang Theory and The King of Queens.

He also taught comedy writing to aspiring comedians at Humber College in Toronto, and served on the program’s advisory committee.

Fellow comedians and former castmates shared their condolences on social media Tuesday, remembering Flaherty as a funny guy who was always quick to draw out a laugh.

Colin Mochrie said he was “incredibly fortunate” to have worked with Flaherty.

I was incredibly fortunate to have worked with Joe Flaherty a few times. A sweet man that produced a lot of laughs. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

— Colin Mochrie (@colinmochrie) April 2, 2024

Daly remembered his TV dad fondly, writing that his “favorite days on set were the ones where we had scenes together.”

Joe Flaherty made me crack up so hard it ruined takes. My favorite days on set were the ones where we had scenes together. What a lovely guy.

— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) April 2, 2024


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