Happy birthday Larry Hankin, born December 7, 1937.
Larry Michael Hankin is an American character actor, performer, director, comedian and producer. He is known for his major film roles as Charley Butts in Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Ace in Running Scared (1986), and Carl Alphonse in Billy Madison (1995). He had smaller roles as Doobie in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Sergeant Larry Balzak in Home Alone, Mr. Heckles in Friends and Joe in Breaking Bad.
His first notable supporting role was as Pt. Romero in Viva Max! in 1969.
Hankin is known for his roles in Seinfeld (as Tom Pepper). He also acted in How Sweet It Is! (1968). He had a cameo appearance in She’s Having a Baby (1988).
He had brief appearances in Pretty Woman as the landlord (1990), as well as minor roles in Loose Shoes (1980), The Sure Thing (1985). Hankin also appeared in Married… with Children, as well as one of the Halloween specials of Home Improvement. Hankin also appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as Gaunt Gary and one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Hankin and Curtis Armstrong played the hippie entrepreneurs who purchased “Buy the Book” (the bookstore where the titular character works at) on Ellen.
He portrayed a homeless man in season 5 of Malcolm in the Middle. He reprised his old role from Breaking Bad in the Netflix sequel film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
In 2021, he appeared in Friends: The Reunion.
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