Actor Gary Friedkin has died at the age of 70 from complications of COVID-19.
His death occurred Dec. 2 at a hospice facility in Youngstown, Ohio, after “a difficult three-and-a-half weeks” battling the virus in an intensive care unit, his family announced in an obituary this week.
The family encouraged “everyone to get vaccinated and boosted to protect their family and community.”
“He was a gift to all who knew him as an amazing son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle and friend,” the obituary said.
“Gary lived his life to the absolute fullest, bringing endless laughs to his family and many friends, while never letting the obstacles he faced get in his way,” it added. “Gary put countless smiles on people’s faces and left so many with their own special ‘Gary story.’”
Friedkin was 4 feet tall and an active member of Little People of America.
He appeared as cook Clarence in three episodes of “Happy Days” and had roles in the 1981 comedy “Under the Rainbow,” the 1982 film “Young Doctors in Love” and the 1992 cartoon “Cool World.” His final movie credit was for “Mother’s Day” in 2016.
“While Gary may have been short of stature, he was a giant amongst his family and friends,” his family said. “His legacy will live on as stories are told and retold for years to come by all who loved him.”