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George Coe (May 10, 1929 – July 18, 2015) was an American stage, film and television actor and voice artist. He did voice-over work in video games, movies and TV shows. He was a cast member for the first season of Saturday Night Live and voiced the character of Woodhouse in Archer.

George Coe
George Coe.jpg
Coe in 1980
BornGeorge Julian Cohen
(1929-05-10)May 10, 1929
Jamaica, New York, United States
DiedJuly 18, 2015(2015-07-18) (aged 86)
Santa Monica, California, United States
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1956–2015

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Life and careerEdit

Coe was born George Julian Cohen in Jamaica, Queens, New York. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included turns as "M. Lindsey Woolsey" opposite Angela Lansbury in the original production of Mame; as "Owen O'Malley" in On The Twentieth Century, and creating the role of David in the original Broadway production of Company.

Coe was an original member of the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players", the original cast of Saturday Night Live, but he was only credited as a cast member for the first show, October 11, 1975. Coe was used in several other episodes of SNL, but was never again credited.

In 1979 he appeared as the head of Dustin Hoffman's character's advertising firm in the Academy Award-winning Kramer vs. Kramer. Coe was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1968 short film The Dove, a parody of Ingmar Bergman's films, which he also co-directed. Coe also played the role of Brigadier General Scott Watson in the 1986 movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. He guest-starred on a 1991 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also portrayed Ben Cheviot, the eventual head of Network 23, on the series Max Headroom. His various television appearances include Murder, She Wrote, Bones, My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn, Judging Amy, The King of Queens, Nip/Tuck, Grey's Anatomy, Columbo, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls, The Golden Girls, Wilfred, and as Senator Howard Stackhouse in two episodes of The West Wing.

He voiced the character of Woodhouse, the much-put-upon valet in the FX animated series Archer. He voiced the Autobot Wheeljack in Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.[1] Coe provided voice acting for the video games The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2.

Coe died on July 18, 2015, at the age of 86, after a long illness, in Santa Monica, California.[2] The eighth season of Archer (the primary arc of which revolves mostly around the death of his character Woodhouse) was dedicated to him.

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1968 De Düva: The Dove Viktor Short film
1975 The Stepford Wives Claude Axhelm
1979 French Postcards Mr. Weber
Kramer vs. Kramer Jim O'Connor
1980 The First Deadly Sin Dr. Bernardi
1981 Bustin' Loose Doctor Wilson T. Renfrew
The Amateur Rutledge
1982 The Entity Dr. Weber
1984 The House of God Dr. Leggo
Micki + Maude Governor Lanford
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Gen. Scott Watson
Head Office Senator Issel
1987 Blind Date Harry Gruen
Best Seller Graham
1989 Cousins Phil
1990 The End of Innocence Dad
1992 The Mighty Ducks Judge Weathers
1995 Gospa Father Ferdo Vlasic
1997 Nick and Jane Mr. Morgan
1999 The Omega Code Sen Jack Thompson
2000 Big Eden Sam Hart
A Rumor of Angels Dr. Sam Jenkins
Diamond Men Tip Rountree
2008 Corporate Affairs George Parker
2009 Funny People George's Dad
Slice of Water Ben Short film
2010 Bathtub Picnic Ben Short film
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Que / Wheeljack Voice
Wrinkles Miguel Voice, English version
2013 Chez Upshaw Reg. Nixon
2014 13 Sins Game Voice Voice, (final film role)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1971–1972 Somerset Leo Kurtz #1
1975-1976 The Doctors Scott Conrad
1975 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Matthews Television film
1975–1976 Saturday Night Live Various
1980 Big Blonde Ed Television film
1981 Kent State Mayor Leroy Satrom Television film
Broken Promise George Mathews Television film
Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Television film
1983 Listen to Your Heart John Television film
Rage of Angels Maguire Television film
Goodnight, Beantown Dick Novak
Sessions Max Television film
Hill Street Blues Benjamin Fisk
1984 He's Not Your Son Doctor Sadler Television film
1984–1985 American Playhouse Brian Haas
Old Man
1985 My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn Irving Jerome Television film
Moonlighting Lou LaSalle
1986 Family Ties Justin Phillips
Blood & Orchids Dr. Lansing Television film
Simon & Simon Nolan Scott
The Paper Chase
Dallas Fritz Longley
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Dr. Quidd
1986–1991 L.A. Law Judge Wallace R. Vance
1987 Uncle Tom's Cabin Mr. Shelby Television film
1987–1988 Max Headroom Ben Cheviot
1987–1990 thirtysomething Ted Murdoch
1988 Why on Earth? Henry Television film
Magnum P.I. William Wainwright
The Golden Girls Al
Shootdown David Television film
1989 Those She Left Behind Bill Page Television film
My Name Is Bill W. Frank Shaw from Rice & Co. Television film
The Hollywood Detective Sid Curley Television film
The Tracey Ullman Show Reverend Graylin
Columbo: Murder: A Self Portrait Dr. Hammer
Matlock Dr. Lucas Sinclair
1990 Amen Col. Adams
Father Dowling Mysteries Mr. Vance
Fine Things Paul Berman Television film
Murphy Brown Theodore
To My Daughter Frank Parsons Television film
1990–1992 Murder, She Wrote Andrew Thayer
Martin Bergman
1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Chancellor Durken
Equal Justice Colin Baker
Night Court Peter Collingswood
1992 Crossroads Hugh
The Human Factor Dr. Astor
Camp Candy Voice only
Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Dr. Feldman Television film
Nurses Rudy
1993 Law & Order Lee Hastings
Joe's Life Grandpa
1995 The Cosby Mysteries Agent Carter
New York Undercover Mr. Braddock
Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Dan Broadbent Television film
1997 Home Improvement Parker
1998 Jenny Thomas Kendall
The Pretender Dr. Nicholas Haring
The Practice Judge Walters
The Nanny Ernest
1998–1999 Working Peter Baines
1999 Any Day Now Mr. Noonan
Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place Mr. Belt
2000 Ladies Man Herb
Bull Ed Krakauer
2001 The Lone Gunmen Bertram Byers
Becker Mr. Spector
2001–2002 The West Wing Sen. Howard Stackhouse
2002 Smallville William Clark
Crossing Jordan Warren Lauer
2002–2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm General Manager
2003 The Division Joe Marks
Judging Amy Judge
2005 Gilmore Girls Grandpa Huntzberger
Numb3rs Steven Logan
2006 Cold Case Bill Simmons
2006–2007 Celebrity Deathmatch Albert Einstein
Bud Selig
Voice only
2007 Bones Father William Donlan
The King of Queens Father Biskup
Private Practice Stan
Nip/Tuck Dr. Joshua Lee
2008 Supernatural Pat
Grey's Anatomy Ed Bullard
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Tee Watt Kaa Voice only
2009–2015 Archer Woodhouse Voice only
2011-2013 Wilfred Gene
2012 The Legend of Korra Toza Voice only
2013 Two and a Half Men Victor
Video game voice roles
Year Title Role
2006 Reservoir Dogs additional voices
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Tolfdir, Calcelmo, Calixto Corrium, Cedran, Cow Hand, Jouane Manette, Nepos the Nose, Nils, Raerek, Runil, Styrr, Nobleman, Crescius Caerellius, Palevius Lex, Tharstan
Star Wars: The Old Republic Doctor Godera, Grommik Kruthson, Keyo-So, Master Chamma, Master Wyellett, Senator Grell
2012 Guild Wars 2 Ghostly Norn Longship Captain, Yakov, Zenik Konsman
2013 Star Wars: Rise of the Hutt Cartel Archivist Varus, Kai Teyun, Civilian Hostage, Hostage Engineer

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (20 July 2015). "George Coe, Oscar-Nominated Actor and SAG Activist, Dies at 86". variety.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.

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