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Also Known As: David Foley Died:
Born: January 4, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, writer

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A baby-faced Canadian comic actor, Dave Foley was a founding member of the daring offbeat comedy troupe, The Kids in the Hall, which was featured in a popular cult sketch series of the same name. The outlandish Monty Python-like group performed a number of outlandish skits that often featured its members in drag, while skewering anything and everything imaginable, including show business and even themselves. Foley distinguished himself from the group for his distinctive flair for the absurd, as he often played sarcastic and ironic characters with boyish charm. After The Kids parted ways in the mid-1990s, Foley went on to head the ensemble cast of "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), playing the straight man to an assortment of odd characters. From there, he guest starred on a number of notable series, including "Will and Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006), "Scrubs" (NBC/ABC, 2002-2010) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2005-2012), while appearing in a number of typically indie-made features like "Dick" (1999), "Stark Raving Mad" (2002) and "Grind" (2003). But it was his long association with The Kids in the Hall - who reunited several times over the years, including for North American tours in 2000 and 2008 - that...

A baby-faced Canadian comic actor, Dave Foley was a founding member of the daring offbeat comedy troupe, The Kids in the Hall, which was featured in a popular cult sketch series of the same name. The outlandish Monty Python-like group performed a number of outlandish skits that often featured its members in drag, while skewering anything and everything imaginable, including show business and even themselves. Foley distinguished himself from the group for his distinctive flair for the absurd, as he often played sarcastic and ironic characters with boyish charm. After The Kids parted ways in the mid-1990s, Foley went on to head the ensemble cast of "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99), playing the straight man to an assortment of odd characters. From there, he guest starred on a number of notable series, including "Will and Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006), "Scrubs" (NBC/ABC, 2002-2010) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2005-2012), while appearing in a number of typically indie-made features like "Dick" (1999), "Stark Raving Mad" (2002) and "Grind" (2003). But it was his long association with The Kids in the Hall - who reunited several times over the years, including for North American tours in 2000 and 2008 - that allowed Foley to make a lasting impression, and influence new generations of comedians and fans.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Freeloaders (2013)
3.
 6 Month Rule (2012)
4.
 Suck (2009)
5.
 Strip, The (2009)
6.
7.
 Postal (2008)
8.
 Ham & Cheese (2007) Tom Brennemen
9.
 Cars (2006)
10.
 Sky High (2005) Mr. Boy
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Dropped out of high school and began comedy career
1984:
Wrote for and acted with "The Kids in the Hall", a five-man Canadian comedy troupe onstage and on TV
1987:
Feature acting debut (as David Foley), starred in "High Stakes", a low-budget Canadian comedy
1987:
American feature acting debut, a bit part in "Three Men and a Baby"
1987:
American TV debut, "The Prodigious Hickey" on PBS' "American Playhouse"; played Welsh Rabbit (aka George Baker Smith)
1988:
Reprised the role of Smith for "The Return of Hickey" on "American Playhouse"
1988:
"The Kids in the Hall" pilot aired on HBO as an "On Location" special
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"The Kids in the Hall" broadcast in the US on HBO
1989:
Reprised the role of Smith for "The Beginning of the Firm" on "American Playhouse"
1990:
Debut in a drama, "No Apologies", a Canadian feature
1992:
"The Kids in the Hall" rebroadcast on "CBS Late Night"
1994:
First major supporting role in a US feature, "It's Pat", as Chris, the equally androgynous love interest of the title character
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Starred in the NBC sitcom "NewsRadio"
1999:
Appeared as Bob Haldeman in the Watergate-era comedy "Dick"
2001:
Had featured roles in "Monkeybone" and "On the Line"
2002:
Cast in the comedy "Stark Raving Mad"
2003:
Played a Pro Skater Manager in the film "Grind"
2003:
Had a small role in the Ashton Kutcher comedy "My Boss's Daughter"
2004:
Guest starred on the NBC comedy "Will and Grace"
2005:
Castv in the Walt Disney teen comedy "Sky High," starring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston
2006:
Voice Flik Car in the Pixar animated film "Cars"
2007:
Guest-starred on the CBS comedy series "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
2009:
Voiced the character of Wayne in Disney's "Prep & Landing"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
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Notes

"I always assumed that famous people have something about them that makes them more recognizable than ordinary people. Now that I am, I guess, a famous person, I realize that, no . . . It's just being on television." --Dave Foley to PEOPLE, December 4, 1995

"['NewsRadio' character] Dave Nelson is a thinly disguised version of me--an inept but well-meaning, vaguely professional man." --Dave Foley, quoted in "NewsRadio" PR, 1995

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wife:
Tabatha Southey. Born in 1966; worked in vintage clothing store when they met in 1983; married in 1991; kept her maiden name; divorced.

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father:
Michael Foley. Steamfitter. Born c. 1935.
mother:
Mary Foley. Born c. 1927.
son:
Ned Southey. Born in 1993; goes by mother's maiden name.
son:
Basil Patrick Southey. Born on July 30, 1995 in Los Angeles, California; goes by mother's maiden name.
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