Actor Jack Blessing Dead At 66

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"Moonlighting" and "George Lopez" actor Jack Blessing has died at the age of 66.

His son told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor died at his home in California Nov. 14 from pancreatic cancer.

Blessing was best known for his recurring roles as MacGillicuddy on "Moonlighting" and Jack Powers on "George Lopez" from 2002 to 2007, New York Daily News reports.

He also had a recurring role on the '90s sitcom "The Naked Truth," and appeared in episodes of shows like "The X-Files," "Judging Amy," "NYPD Blue," "Murder One," "Home Improvement," and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Blessing appeared on the big screen, as well. He acted in Will Ferrell film "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," as well as "Heaven's Gate," "Galaxy of Terror," and "Thirteen Days."

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The actor also provided voices for characters in "Antz," "Open Season," "Bee Movie," "Megamind," "ParaNorman," and "Planes."

His is survived by his two sons, Ian and Christopher, as well as his wife, Lora.

Loved ones, fans, and colleagues alike are now paying tribute to the star.

"I love you, Dad," Ian wrote on Facebook. "The last year and a half was a gift to us, as was your entire life. We're the luckiest family in the world. Best of luck in the astral plane. I know you're going to crush it."

"Lovely guy," added a fan in Deadline's comments section. "Met him on the set of Moonlighting in the late 80’s and he could not have been more of a gentleman."

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"I worked with Jack many times," chimed in another person. "Such a nice man and a class act."

News of Blessing's death comes just days after "The Sound of Music" star Heather Menzies-Urich died at age 67 on Dec. 24, USA Today reports.

Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa von Trapp in the classic film, passed away after struggling with brain cancer.

"She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest," said her son, Ryan Urich. "She was not in any pain but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this earth at 7:22 p.m."

Some "The Sound of Music" co-stars also paid tribute to the actress on Dec. 26.

"With great sadness we bid our beloved sister, Heather Menzies, goodbye," Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, and Kym Karath said in a statement. "Just over a year ago, the film vonTrapp children gathered to say farewell to our oldest sister Charmian Carr. It is unbearably painful that in such a short time we have now lost another member of our family."

Sources: New York Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter, Ian Blessing/FacebookDeadline, USA Today / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: YouTube via Deadline, Facebook, Inc. via Wikimedia Commons

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