Joe Flaherty

Joe Flaherty

Highest Rated: 92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 21, 1941

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

As a member of the groundbreaking sketch comedy series "SCTV" (syndicated/NBC/ Cinemax, 1977-1984), improvisational actor Joe Flaherty may not have enjoyed the notoriety of contemporaries like John Belushi and Bill Murray, however the show would serve to inspire and influence an entire generation of future comedy powerhouses, such as Matt Groening and Judd Apatow. Flaherty learned the comedic improv ropes on the famed stages of the Second City theaters in Chicago and Toronto before joining the inaugural cast of "SCTV" in 1977. Along with cast mates that included Martin Short and John Candy, he created such iconic characters as effusive talk show host Sammy Maudlin and the hickish Big Jim McBob from the "Farm Film Report," winning two Emmy Awards for writing in the process. During and after his tenure on the program, Flaherty appeared in dozens of films and televisions shows, including memorable turns in "Stripes" (1981), "Back to the Future II" (1989), and "Happy Gilmore" (1996). With the character of Harold Weir, the overprotective father from "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), the actor once again exhibited his knack for playing characters simultaneously caustic and endearing. More than 25 years after the demise of "SCTV," the work of Flaherty and his crazed cohorts continued to elicit laughs from audiences and shape the comedic instincts of aspiring comedy writers and actors.

Highest rated movies

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
Used Cars
Back to the Future Part II Happy Gilmore
Detroit Rock City
One Crazy Summer
National Security
Freddy Got Fingered




53% 29% Home on the Range Jeb, the Goat (Voice) - 2004
11% 45% National Security Owen Fergus (Character) $35.8M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hemingway vs. Callaghan Unknown (Character) - 2003
10% 50% Slackers Mr. Leonard (Character) $4.8M 2002
11% 56% Freddy Got Fingered William (Character) $14.2M 2001
49% 82% Detroit Rock City Father Phillip McNulty (Character) $4.2M 1999
No Score Yet 85% The Wrong Guy Fred Holden (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dogmatic Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 28% Snowboard Academy Mr. Barry (Character) - 1997
61% 85% Happy Gilmore Donald (Character) $38.8M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Kevin Dooley (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 22% Runaway Daughters Mr. Nicholson (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 59% A Pig's Tale Milt (Character) - 1994
66% 85% Back to the Future Part II Western Union Man (Character) $116.4M 1989
No Score Yet 73% Looking for Miracles Chief Berman (Character) - 1989
0% 37% Speed Zone! Vic DeRubis (Character) $2.4M 1989
No Score Yet 29% Blue Monkey George Baker (Character) $98.8K 1987
45% 63% One Crazy Summer Gen. Raymond (Character) $13.4M 1986
92% 71% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Sid Sleaze (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 31% Going Berserk Chick Leff (Character) - 1983
61% 67% Heavy Metal Lawyer, General (Voice) $204.7K 1981
77% 69% Used Cars Sam Slaton (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tunnelvision Carl Michaelevich (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of the Road-Runner Film Editor - 1962


No Score Yet 100% Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Writer 2012
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Vatican Messenger (Guest Voice) 2008 2010-2011
No Score Yet 91% American Dad Car Door Owner (Guest Voice) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robson Arms Unknown (Character) 2007
No Score Yet 83% The King of Queens Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
93% 93% Frasier Herm Evans (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Go Fish Dr. Frank Troutner (Character) 2001
No Score Yet 77% That '70s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Harold Weir (Character) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Traders Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Academy: The Series Unknown (Character) 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
91% 91% Dinosaurs Chief Elder (Guest Voice) 1993-1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurses Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsters Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet 100% Married ... With Children Dr. Plierson (Guest Star) 1989