Joel McHale, Ken Jeong and Other 'Community' Stars Remember Co-Star Richard Erdman After Death at 93

Joel McHale and Richard Erdman
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The cast and crew of Community are remembering Richard Erdman.

On Saturday, Alan K. Rode, a film historian, was the first to report the news of his friend's death at age 93 on Twitter. Following Rode's announcement, Erdman's Community co-stars took to social media to remember the beloved character actor, who also had roles on The Twilight Zone and in Stalag 17 throughout his decades-long career.  

Joel McHale said Erdman -- who played Leonard, a perpetual student, on the sitcom -- was "such a good & funny man." 

Ken Jeong thanked the late actor "for blessing us with your brilliance."

"Sweet, gentle and fearless. Nailed every take. Always made me laugh hard. My love, thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Rest In Peace. ❤️? #Leonard #Community," he wrote.

Yvette Nicole Brown said Erdman was "JOY walking" and urged everyone to "continue to celebrate" his life.

Charley Koontz called Erdman's death "awful" and reminisced on his storied career.

"I just looked at his IMDb 2 days ago and was reminded about what a legend he was," Koontz wrote. "Sweet, funny and game for anything. Plus great Brando stories. What more was there even left to do? RIP to legend & friend Richard Erdman. #shutupleonard"

Andy Bobrow, a writer on the show from 2010 to 2014, took to Twitter to share a list of many responses to Erdman's hilarious lines on the series, all of which different members of the cast said after screaming, "Shut up, Leonard!" on the show.

"No one wants to hear about the shortcuts from your house to RiteAid" and "You're not even that good at yo-yo" were just two of the funny quotes Bobrow shared.

Erdman was preceded in death by his daughter, Erica, and second wife, Sharon Randall, whom he was married to from 1953 until her death in 2016.


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