08-31 Happy birthday to Larry Hankin, Born: August 31, 1940.
Larry Hankin is an American actor, performer, director and producer.
Hankin is known for his roles in TV shows Breaking Bad, Friends (as “Mr. Heckles”) and Seinfeld (as “Tom Pepper”), as well as for his major role in Escape from Alcatraz (1979) with Clint Eastwood. He also acted in the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison (1995). He had cameo appearances in three John Hughes films, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987); She’s Having a Baby (1988); and Home Alone (1990). He had brief appearances in Pretty Woman as the landlord (1990), as well as minor roles in Loose Shoes (1980), The Sure Thing (1985) and Running Scared (1986). 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 on Ellen.
On Seinfeld, Hankin portrayed Tom Pepper, the actor cast as Kramer on the pilot-within-a-TV-show Jerry. He appears in seasons three and five of Breaking Bad as junkyard owner Old Joe.
In 1977, Hankin appeared in the episode “The Bums vs. the Reds” of the situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums. He also played Mickey the Bartender in a WKRP in Cincinnati episode called “Hotel Oceanview” that also has a cameo appearance by Dr. Joyce Brothers as Vicky Von Vicky.
In 1989, he played the dog catcher in Annie.
In 1980, Hankin’s short film Solly’s Diner earned him and the film’s producers a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Hankin was a founding member of the commedia dell’arte improv group “The Committee” in 1963 located at an indoor bocce ball court in San Francisco’s North Beach district.
He has recently been doing work with the online comedy group “Magic Hugs”, and has appeared in a number of their sketches, as well as the series “Baby Mentalist” for Channel 101.
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