Hugh Dane

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Hugh Dane
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Born(1942-10-21)October 21, 1942
DiedMay 16, 2018(2018-05-16) (aged 75)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1989–2018

Hugh Dane (October 21, 1942 – May 16, 2018) was an American character actor. He is best known for playing Hank the security guard on the television sitcom The Office from 2005 to 2013.

Early Life[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Dane's professional acting career began with a role in the 1989 video game, It Came from the Desert before moving on to his first television role in a two-part episode of Hunter. In 1991, Dane acted in his first film role as a prison guard in the crime-thriller Ricochet. In the following years, Dane played small roles in popular television series' such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Boy Meets World, Martin, Friends ("The One With The Baby On The Bus"), Sister, Sister, Monk and Girl Meets World.

Dane received his most recognition for his role as Hank, the head of security, in The Office.[1] He also starred in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp as a judge.

In 1999, Dane returned to film, acting in such movies as Restraining Order, Joy Ride, Reflections: A Story of Redemption, Ralph & Stanley, Beautiful Dreamer, For Heaven's Sake, StarStruck, and Bridesmaids.


Dane died on May 16, 2018, at the age of 75 from pancreatic cancer.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Ricochet Prison Guard
1999 Restraining Order D.A. Pringle
2000 Black Sea Raid CIA Director
2000 The Visit Mr. McDonald
2001 Joy Ride Man at Door
2004 Reflections: A Story of Redemption The Guardian Short
2005 Ralph & Stanley Willy Short
2005 Girl on a Bed Rondell
2006 Beautiful Dreamer Chester
2008 For Heaven's Sake Dr. Lowe
2010 StarStruck Howard
2011 Bridesmaids Annie's Mistaken Fella
2019 Rumble Strip Angus (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Hunter The Father 2 episodes
1991–1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Nelson / Fred Lomax Jr. 2 episodes
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Xavier Episode: "Piano Lesson"
1994 Boy Meets World Coach Episode: "The B-Team of Life"
1994 Martin Elmo Episode: "Love is in Your Face: Part 2"
1995 Friends Jim Episode: "The One With The Baby On The Bus"
1996 Sister, Sister Walter Episode: "Big Twin on Campus"
2003 The West Wing Judge Episode: "Jefferson Lives"
2004 Monk Sgt. Lane Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny"
2005–2013 The Office Hank Tate Often called Hank the Security Guard
22 episodes
2011 New Girl Old Customer Episode: "Bad in Bed"
2015 Girl Meets World Phil Episode: "Girl Meets Fish"
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Judge Episode: "Electro/City"
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Bus Passenger Episode: "Namaste"


  1. ^ Rahman, Abid (2018-06-04). "Hugh Dane, Hank the Security Guard From 'The Office,' Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  2. ^ Carras, Christi (4 June 2018). "Hugh Dane, Hank the Security Guard on 'The Office,' Dies at 75". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  3. ^ Stone, Natalie (2018-06-29). "The Office Actor Hugh Dane's Cause of Death Revealed". People. Retrieved 2020-02-25.

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