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David Lander

David Landau, better known as David Lander, is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout.

He is best known for his portrayal of Squiggy on the situation comedy Laverne and Shirley from 1976 to 1982. With sitcom sidekick Lenny (Michael McKean, with whom he had previously worked in the Los Angeles-based comedy ensemble The Credibility Gap) Lander released an album as Lenny and the Squigtones in 1980; it featured Christopher Guest on guitar, credited as Nigel Tufnel, the name Guest would use a few years later in the spoof rock band Spinal Tap.

Lander has also appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies including The Bob Newhart Show, Barney Miller, Happy Days, Married... with Children, Twin Peaks, The Weird Al Show, Mad About You, as well as voice roles for animation films like The Big Bang and the animated TV series Galaxy High as the six armed Milo de Venus.

Officially diagnosed on 15 May 1984 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Lander suffers from multiple sclerosis; he went public in 1999 and regularly speaks at related conventions. In 2002, his biography was published, Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody, written with Lee Montgomery.

In addition to acting, Lander, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, has a small stake in the Portland Beavers, and has been a baseball talent scout since 1997, first for the Anaheim Angels, and now for the Seattle Mariners.

Lander was married 10 March 1979. He makes his home today in Thousand Oaks, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

David Lander Facts

Birth NameDavid Landau
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayJune 22, 1947 (75)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Down Periscope
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition
Annie Hall
Chorus Line
Titan A.E.
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