R.I.P. Larry Drake

Emmy winning actor Larry Drake has sadly passed away

We’ve got sad news to report as another talented actor has left us. TMZ has reported that Larry Drake, perhaps best known for his stint on L.A. Law, has passed away. He was 66.

Drake had apparently been found dead in his Hollywood home around 1:30 PM on March 17. Finding the actor unresponsive, a friend who found him called paramedics who determined Drake to be dead at the scene. At this time, the cause of death is unknown, pending an autopsy. His rep said Drake had been dealing with health problems associated with his weight, but nothing immediately life-threatening.

As mentioned above, Larry Drake’s biggest claim to fame was his role on L.A. Law, which won him two consecutive Emmy awards in 1988 and 1989. He’s claimed dozens of other roles in film and TV, such as the cult classic film Darkman and its sequel, Darkman II: The Return of Durant.

Personally, I will always remember Larry Drake best as the titular character in the 1992 horror film Dr. Giggles. I got ahold of that movie on VHS at a young age, and although I had seen all kinds of scary movies by then, Dr. Giggles really stuck with me. Sure, it was cheesy, like a lot of movies during that era, but it had some nasty moments and was a lot of fun to watch. The ending, in particular — showing Dr. Giggles break the fourth wall by looking at the camera and asking if there’s a doctor in the house — is an image I can vividly remember to this day.

Rest in peace, Larry Drake, and thank you for your contributions to cinema.