A star who starred in The Simpsons, Cheers and Saturday Night Live, Dave Chappaels passing on Monday at age 79.
Chappelle is best known for his work as The Dude on Saturday Night Magic, but also appeared in the popular sitcom Family Guy and Cheers.
He had appeared in films such as The Great Escape, The Princess Bride and The Muppets and made appearances in the TV shows Taxi and The Simpsons.
He also directed episodes of The Simpsons and Cheer and had appeared on Cheers as an extra.
Chappaels last movie was 2009’s The Muppet Christmas Carol, which was directed by Michael Giacchino and starred Seth MacFarlane and Peter Gallagher.
Chapelle’s most recent film role was in the 2008 comedy Get Hard with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Sudeikis, where he played an FBI agent who is forced to fight his way out of a prison cell when he becomes an informant for a rival gang.
He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for his portrayal of his character in The Mooch, and he appeared in several other movies, including the 2008 film The Secret Life of Pets.
Chapaels last major film was 2008’s You’ve Got Mail, starring Tom Cruise.
Chappael had a starring role in the 2011 film The Boy Next Door.
In a tweet on Monday, Chappaell said: “A huge loss to the Muppet world today.
Thank you to everyone who has worked with me over the years.
We are all going to miss him and we will always have a special place in our hearts for him.”
In his final year on the show, he starred in the 2009 film The Mowgli Movie, as well as a 2008 film version of The Lion King and a 2009 TV special, The M. Night Shyamalan Story.
He was also an occasional voice actor for animated shows, including The Adventures of Pete and Pete and The Boondocks, as he reprised his role of The Dude in The Big Bang Theory.
In his years on the sitcoms, Chappel was a recurring guest star and played the role of Homer Simpson.
He appeared in every episode of The Munchies and The Andy Griffith Show, and voiced various characters in films including Cheers, The Simpsons: Tapped Out and The Secret History of the Great Train Robbery.
In addition to his work on the series, Chapell had been involved in a variety of projects, including a stint as the voice of Mickey Mouse in Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
He did voice work for the animated movie The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 2008, and a short-lived TV series called The Moustache.
He made an appearance in the 2007 Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland.
In 2006, Chapel was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He received an honorary doctorate from the School of Visual Arts.