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Jack Riley, Actor Dies At 80


NEW YORK–(CelebrityAccess)-– Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on "The Bob Newhart Show" and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon's animated "Rugrats," died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according to his representative Paul Doherty.

Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Mr. Carlin on the 1970s "Newhart" sitcom and providing the voice for absent-minded dad Stu Pickles on "Rugrats" and its spinoff, "All Grown Up!," Riley appeared in the Mel Brooks films "History of the World: Part I," ''High Anxiety" and "Spaceballs."

In a statement, Newhart said Riley created one of TV's "most endearing" situation comedy characters with his Carlin portrayal.

Riley was a "dear friend," one whose loss leaves an emptiness in the lives of his friends and family, including his wife Ginger Lawrence, Newhart said.-Staff Writers