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Richard Dunn of 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show' Dies
By Marc Schneider Posted Jun 4th 2010 05:21PM
Richard Dunn, a bespectacled and rail-thin actor known almost exclusively for playing a talk show host on 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!', has died at age 75. The Adult Swim show's creator, Tim Heidecker, broke the news Friday afternoon on Twitter. Heidecker said Dunn passed away at precisely 7:14 AM on Friday.
No cause of death was given.
On 'Tim and Eric,' Dunn delighted viewers with his trademark sweater, slurred speech pattern and supremely odd questions for guests. Dunn appeared in six episodes of the show since 2007, but his segments -- think Charlie Rose and Larry King on prescription drugs -- were always memorable.
According to IMDB, Dunn has only been working regularly in Hollywood for about 20 years. Recently, he played Brett Favre on 'The Tonight Show' and had a cameo as a 110-year-old man on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation.'
Dunn's typo-riddled resume is a treasure trove of information on the actor. He was a Naval veteran and served on the USS Dixie, a maintenance ship for destroyers. What he did upon leaving the service is unclear, but from 1977 to 2006, he played a "scary actor" during Halloween season at Universal Studios.
Along the way, he played "old man dancing" in a Tom Jones video and an "old man in hot tub with pretty girls" in P. Diddy's music video for 'Bad Boys for Life.' There were also a series of memorable Bud Light commercials in which he played an airline pilot.
Dunn also had small roles in 'The Wedding Singer,' 'Road to Perdition' and the Showtime series, 'Weeds.'
But his biggest break came when he landed the recurring role as a warped version of himself on 'Tim and Eric.' Heidecker talked about his and Eric Wareheim's first encounter with Dunn in a 2007 AV Club interview:
"We actually saw him from our office, in the parking lot, getting out of his car, smoking a cigarette. He was wearing that sweater ... It was immediate to us. We looked at each other and jumped up and down. Then once he started talking, it was unbelievable."
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