Karaoke will never be the same

Andy Hallett
1975 – 2009

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Andy Hallett, best known for playing Lorne, your friendly karaoke bar owner/demon mind reader on Angel, passed away at the age of 33 today after a five year battle with congestive heart failure.

Did anyone even know he was ill?

In 2003, I attended Dragon*Con while making my senior thesis film on fandom. Andy Hallett attended, and I was fortunate enough to attend a panel with him and fellow Buffy alum James Leary. It remains one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. In fact, I filmed the panel, and somewhere in my parents’ basement lies the footage. Granted, I only saw him in a professional setting, but he seemed to be a genuinly nice, easy-going guy who was just thrilled to have a job and be a working actor.

Fare thee well, Mr. Hallett. Thanks for giving me one of the most memorable and hilarious hours of my life.

Video of the Day: In honor of Mr. Hallett and Lorne, I give you my favorite scene at Caritas, and possibly in all of Angel. “My ass is not pansy!”

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