Richard Dunn, a longtime character actor who frequently collaborated with comics Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, died Friday after being unconscious several days. He was 73.
His agent of 15 years, William Kerwin, says Dunn had been unconscious at a Hollywood hospital since Sunday. Kerwin didn’t immediately know the cause of death.
The lanky, bespectacled actor, listed at 5-foot-10 and 125 pounds on his resume, often appeared on ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!‘ on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. Dunn also had bit parts on shows including ‘Nip/Tuck,’ ‘Weeds‘ and ‘House.’
Heidecker wrote on Twitter Friday: “Deeply saddened to announce that our friend Richard Dunn passed away … this morning.”
Wareheim tweeted: “We’ll miss you Dicky Dunn. You’ll be in our hearts forever.” Later he wrote: “We are making a memorial site where you can send him messages. More news soon. xo.”
Kerwin said arrangements were being made to bury Dunn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which seemed fitting given his old-school demeanor.
“He was a tall, Gary Cooper type of man – his sense of humor. Maybe that’s why he smoked – maybe to seem like someone in a Gary Cooper movie,” Kerwin said. “He was very nice, a very sensible man, a natural actor, not your typical wannabe performer.”
Kerwin said Dunn’s appeal was “kind of a sad look that he had, and a yep-nope attitude.”
“He was one of those actors who worked most of the time but he never made the top,” Kerwin said. “He was always there but never the big cigar.”
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