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George Coe, actor who was original 'SNL' member, dies at 86

George Coe, actor who was original SNL member, dies at 86

George Coe, a veteran character actor with a comedic touch that he brought to the early days of Saturday Night Live, has died. He was 86.

Coe died Saturday in a Santa Monica convalescent facility, his daughter Amy Bickers said. He had a number of illnesses including lymphoma, a condition he battled for about 20 years and jokingly called "cancer lite."

A distinguished-looking man with a serious bearing when he wanted one, Coe frequently played authority figures on TV and in films. He was a judge on "L.A. Law," the smarmy head of Dustin Hoffman's ad agency in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and a crusty U.S. senator who staged a filibuster for autism funding on...