Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / News Blog / Buy TV Shows on DVD

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Laverne & Shirley links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / Laverne & Shirley Photo Gallery


Laverne & Shirley - The Complete First Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Complete First Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Second Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Second Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Third Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Third Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Fourth Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Fourth Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Fifth Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Fifth Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Sixth Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Sixth Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Seventh Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Seventh Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Eighth and Final Season

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Eighth and Final Season on DVD
Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Series

Buy Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Series on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1970s Sitcoms > Laverne & Shirley
User Name
Password


Welcome to the Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, search, view attachments, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

Celebrate Halloween with The Simpsons on FXX; Sister Network FX Brings Back Comedy for 3rd Season
Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 23, 2017)
SitcomsOnline Digest: Another Attempt at a Magnum P.I. Reboot?; New Warner Archive Releases for November
Fri-Yay: How Are This Season's Sitcoms Doing?; COZI TV's 3rd Annual Munster-thon
Freeform Announces Comedy Block for Wednesdays; The Simpsons Documentary Airs on Fox Sunday
COZI TV to Air Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke Specials; Roseanne Revival Gets Underway for ABC
Wyatt Cenac Heads to HBO Comedy Series; Nat Geo Acquires Running Wild with Bear Grylls


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Series The Good Place - The Complete First Season Green Acres - The Complete Series Rhoda - The Final (Fifth) Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Fourth Season

10/03 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Sixth Season
10/03 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Series
10/03 - Rules of Engagement - Seasons 1-4 Collection
10/10 - The Brady Bunch - A Very Brady Christmas
10/10 - Everybody Hates Chris - The Complete Series
10/10 - Frasier - Christmas Episodes
10/10 - The Honeymooners - Christmas Laughter
10/10 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Christmas Episodes
10/17 - The Good Place - The Complete First Season
10/17 - Green Acres - The Complete Series
10/17 - Rhoda - The Final (Fifth) Season
10/24 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Fourth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-13-2008, 03:58 PM   #1
Brian Damage
Moderator
Forum Legend
I'm Rich Bitch
 
Brian Damage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 03, 2002
Location: What Ain't No Country I Ever Heard Of...They Speak English in What?
Posts: 62,202
Send a message via AIM to Brian Damage
Default Squiggy Has Multiple Sclerosis

Laverne and Shirley was a show about two working-class women who toil in a Milwaukee brewery in the late '50s. They had two greaser neighbours named Lenny and Squiggy. The concept was spun from the retro TV hit sitcom Happy Days. Michael McKean played Lenny and David Lander played a second banana named Squiggy.

Lander says he and McKean worked on the characters in a routine in college. "It had nothing to do with Laverne and Shirley. We just did a takeoff on two guys that we each knew. We had a good time using their sense of logic."

Despite writing their own creations into a top-rated network sitcom, Lander says he and and McKean had to share a dressing room, were paid as apprentice writers and considered day players.


Each week they told us, clear out the dressing room, 'cause the guest star is coming in next week. We'd say, 'No, we're in next week's show.' 'No, you're not,' they would say. 'Well we are, because we just wrote ourselves into it.' "

Lander was funny on TV, but, his private life was no laughing matter. He had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

"I was cast in Conan The Destroyer with Arnold Schwarzenegger. We were in Mexico and I caught a really bad flu on the second week of shooting. They couldn't wait for me to get better, so after two weeks they replaced me. When I got home, I started noticing I couldn't do certain things. I'd jog, and fall down after five feet. Then one morning I woke up and I couldn't walk."

In Hollywood it would be less of a stigma to be thought of as a drunk than to have it known he was sick. I told my wife, "Don't tell anybody I have MS. And we didn't. For 15 years."

Then one day his old co-star Penny Marshall called.

"Penny called me up, very hesitantly, and said, David, is it true you're fighting MS? And I had never heard that expression before. It was as if she was quoting a slogan, you know? So I said, 'If fighting MS is hiding MS, then I guess I'm fighting it.'

From that day on, David Lander decided to take his battle public. He wrote a book about his experience called Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody, and he became the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

So whatever happened to David Lander?

Believe it or not, in 1997 David found a new career as a baseball scout, and now works for the Seattle Mariners.

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/...c-cc5e5c8d6c0a
__________________
The Key to the Kingdom of Heaven: John 3:3

Money Doesn't Buy Happiness...But I'd Rather Cry in My Private Jet
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
Ireneparalegal
Forum Celebrity
LEGAL SPICE ;)
 
Ireneparalegal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 25, 2005
Location: OXNARD, CA - WHERE THE DALLAS COWBOYS TRAIN & PRACTICE
Posts: 38,547
Default

He has had MS for years.

My brother had it for over ten years before he died.

I love hearing David's voice on the cartoon OSWALD.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:25 PM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.5.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.