June 17, 1919|
|Died||December 28, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
Joseph Patrick Cranshaw (June 17, 1919 – December 28, 2005) was an American film and television actor known for his distinctive look and deadpan humor. He is best known for one of his last roles, that of Joseph "Blue" Pulaski, a fraternity brother, in the 2003 hit comedy Old School. Cranshaw also starred as Sheriff Bob in the Air Bud movies and he played the same role in Air Buddies the final time.
Despite an acting span of more than 40 years and some 102 appearances, Cranshaw's first credited film role came at the age of 41, in The Amazing Transparent Man (1960). Cranshaw's mild-mannered and gentlemanly demeanor led him to a number of roles as bank tellers, store managers, and grandfathers. His major credits include Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), Wayne's World (1992), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Nothing to Lose (1998), Almost Heroes (1997), Broken Vessels (1998), Best in Show (2000), Bubble Boy (2001), and Old School (2003). He also appeared in over 50 television shows, including a recurring role as Mel's Diner regular Andy on the sitcom Alice, As well as a recurring role in the short lived spin off, of M*A*S*H, After MASH.
Cranshaw died of pneumonia in his home, surrounded by family and friends.
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