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Goodbye, Andy Hallett

Andy Hallett, who played Lorne on Angel for four years of its five year run, died last night of heart failure. He was only thirty-three years old.

To say that Lorne was a much loved character would be an massive understatement. I'll quote myself from my essay on Angel season two:

"The best character in season two, though, was Lorne, a.k.a. Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, karaoke demon host extraordinaire. He functioned as both a psychotherapist and a stand-up comic, and he looked like he belonged in that makeup and wardrobe. From his debut in the very first scene right through the end of the season, I loved every scene Lorne was in and every word he spoke. He made me laugh out loud constantly, and I particularly loved the way he interacted with Angel – calling him 'sweetie,' 'angel-face,' and 'a hunk of hero sandwich,' and asking him out to Elton John concerts."

And again, season three:

"Lorne (Andy Hallett) made every scene better just by being in it. This season, his karaoke bar was completely trashed (twice) and he ended up stuck at the hotel, delivering hilarious one-liners and helping Angel with the baby. Either Lorne got all the best lines or his delivery was just outstanding (probably both); whatever it was, I enjoyed the heck out him. I particularly loved the way he constantly flirted with Angel, and the way Angel bantered right on back (stop calling me pastries). Angel needed a friend like Lorne; Lorne was always there for him. The two of them co-parenting Connor was one of my favorite continuing plotlines in season three."

I saw Andy Hallett at an autograph event (with Alexis Denisof) in Santa Barbara back in 2002 (which is where I took the photo), and they were both delightful. I'm so glad I got to meet Andy. He will be missed.

Billie
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Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.

12 comments:

  1. Goodbye, Lorne.

    And my thoughts are with the Deathwok Clan as well as the Hallett family.

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  2. My god, how unfair life is.

    Rest in peace, Andy.

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  3. Goodbye, Andy! You will be missed...

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  4. Wow...that's a shock! 33 is no age. Very sad indeed.

    PK

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  5. Wow. This is really sad.

    Knowing how Joss cares about his actors, there will definitively be a "in the memory of" before the final credits roll in one of the upcoming episodes of Dollhouse.

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  6. This just royally sucks. They say he had a tooth infection that spread to his heart. What the hell is that for a way to die??

    Andy, you will be remembered!

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  7. I just lost my grandmother, 5 hours before I found out about Andy... I am not a religious man, but you will bother be in whatever prayers I can muster up...

    Love you Grandma and Andy (Lorne!)

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  8. Thanks for letting me know about this Billie, I wouldn't have otherwise.

    :-( Poor Andy. For me, he will live on as Lorne, singing and quipping his way through life and creating a sanctuary for everyone, even in the darkest of places.

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  9. I burst into tears when I read this. First Glenn Quinn, and now Andy.

    Andy will be forever missed.

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