‘Meatballs,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Actor Harvey Atkin Dead At 74

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Harvey Atkin, the Canadian actor who played the summer camp director Morty in “Meatballs,” has died. He was 74.

Atkin’s longtime agent Larry Goldhar said Tuesday that Atkin died Monday night following a battle with cancer.

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“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved friend, husband, father and grandfather, Harvey, passed away peacefully last night following his battle with cancer.”

The mustachioed actor, remembered for his signature large-framed glasses, was born in Toronto.

Atkin’s breakout performance was as Camp North Star camp director Morty Melnick in Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy “Meatballs,” where he worked alongside Bill Murray, Kate Lynch, and Chris Makepeace. His mustached character — a heavy sleeper — was the target of numerous pranks by the camp counselors. The movie ended with Morty waking up on a raft in the middle of a lake.

He was also a regular on the 1980s TV detective drama “Cagney & Lacey” as staff sergeant captain Ronald Coleman, as well as on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Judge Ridenour.

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Atkin’s long list of guest-starring credits in television and film include “Beetlejuice,” “Goosebumps,” “Silver Streak,” and “Atlantic City.”

Atkin appeared in more than 75 films during his long and varied career.

Atkin is survived by his wife Celia, daughter Lisa, son Danny, three sisters, and five grandchildren.

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Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories.

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God Bless.

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