Kevin Meaney, stand up comedian and actor who starred in the TV adaptation of “Uncle Buck,” died Friday, October 21 at his home in Forestburgh, New York. He was 60.
“It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Meaney’s agent Tom Ingegno told Laughspin. The comedian was scheduled to perform in East Providence, R.I. on Saturday night. No cause of death has been determined.
Meaney was a breakout star of the ‘80s comedy scene, appearing on the “Uncle Buck” TV series inspired by the John Candy film of the same name, and various late night shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” He was best known for his catchphrase, “That’s not right!,” said to be an imitation of his mother.
He also appeared in episodes of “30 Rock,” “2 Broke Girls” and lent his voice to several classic animated series, among them “Dr. Katz,” “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” “Garfield and Friends” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.”
Upon hearing the news comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted, “Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.”
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016
Bob Saget also sent his condolences on social media.
Kevin Meaney. So kind. So damn funny. So sorry for his loved ones for his loss. Rest In Peace dear Kevin.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 22, 2016
Below are more tributes from friends and colleagues:
RIP Kevin Meaney who had such a hilariously original comedy voice at a time when that was damn near impossible https://t.co/NKgJpsZRXD
— Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) October 22, 2016
RIP Kevin Meaney. What a joy it was to watch you destroy an audience. Your fun was contagious.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 22, 2016
— Nikki Glaser (@NikkiGlaser) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious and courageous. A silly, wonderful, man. The best. My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.
— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person. https://t.co/EBvDUmNUrr
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was on our show and the loveliest man. So funny and sweet and unforgettable. So sad. Rest In Peace.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) October 22, 2016
For all of us comedians that new Kevin Meaney I think we'll always remember his closer. Enjoy..RIP Kevin. https://t.co/MUDlRpZaS5
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) October 22, 2016
real life – real love – real loss
from the ding ho to here – i love ya kev
— Rosie (@Rosie) October 22, 2016
HAIL HAIL A GENIUS HAS VACATED THIS REALM: #RIPKevinMeaney
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) October 22, 2016