Michael Hagerty, an American actor best known for his roles in the television series Friends, and Somebody Somewhere, sadly passed away at the age of 67.
The veteran actor’s career boasts an impressive list of credits for appearances in numerous TV series and films. Hagerty was recognized for playing comedic blue-collar character roles such as Mr. Treeger the building superintendent on Friends, and muffler shop manager in Lucky Louie.
Hagerty who was known for his distinctive moustache and thick Chicago accent played a swathe of minor character roles in many Television series, which include Cheers (1986), Married with Children (1987), Family Ties (1988), Murphy Brown (1989), Dear John (1990), American Dreamer (1991), The Wonder Years (1992), Seinfeld (1994), Friends (1995-2001), Lucky Louie (2006-2007) recurring role, Entourage (2007), Shameless (2016) and Somebody Somewhere (2022) to name a few.
He also graced the screen in films such as Overboard (1987), Wayne’s World (1992), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders (2006), Thin Ice (2011), Back in the Day (2014), and Apache Junction (2021).
Following Hagerty’s passing, his Somebody Somewhere co-star Bridget Everett announced in an Instagram post:
“With great sadness, the family of Michael G. Hagerty announced his death yesterday in Los Angeles. A beloved character actor, his love of his hometown of Chicago and his family were the cornerstones of his life. Mike, a devoted husband is survived by his wife Mary Kathryn, his sister Mary Ann Hagerty, her wife Kathleen O’Rourke, and their daughter Meg. He will be sorely missed.”
Everett spoke fondly of the man she described as special, warm, and funny.
In another Instagram post, Everett conveyed the devastation that she and other cast and crew members felt, saying: “I loved Mike the instant I met him. He was so special. Warm, funny, never met a stranger. We are devastated that he has passed. Mike was adored by the entire cast and crew of Somebody Somewhere. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”
HBO also paid tribute to the actor tweeting they were “very saddened” to hear about his sudden passing, saying:
“A member of the HBO family for many years, his most recent role as Bridget Everett’s father in Somebody Somewhere showed his special talent for bringing heart to a performance.”
“Mike was a joy to work with and brought warmth and kindness to all who knew him. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”