George Coe

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George Coe, an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, has passed away at age 86.

Variety reports that the actor died in Santa Monica, Calif., after a long battle with an unspecified illness.

In addition to SNL, where he starred as one of the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" in 1975, Coe served as the voice of Woodhouse on Archer for six seasons.

Coe appeared on several episodes of the first season of SNL, but was only listed as a featured cast member on the debut episode along with Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Coe was the oldest member of the cast to join the popular weekend show until Leslie Jones was hired on at age 47 just last year.

Coe was featured in a number of hit movies and TV shows, in addition to SNL and Archer, like Kramer Vs. Kramer, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Bones and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

He also served as the voice of Toyota for six years and was on the SAG national board of directors for more than a dozen years.

In fact, as Vice President for two years, Coe is credited for creating the template for what became SAG's first-ever low-budget production contract.

For his lengthy commitment to the guild, the Hollywood Division awarded Coe with the Ralph Morgan Award back in 2009.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. 

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