Joe Flaherty

Joe Flaherty

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

Lowest Rated: 0% Speed Zone! (1989)

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



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% 51% Slackers Mr. Leonard (Character) $4.8M 2002
10% 56% Freddy Got Fingered William (Character) $14.2M 2001
48% 82% Detroit Rock City Father Phillip McNulty (Character) $4.2M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dogmatic Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 85% The Wrong Guy Fred Holden (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 29% 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 57% A Pig's Tale Milt (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 73% Looking for Miracles Chief Berman (Character) - 1989
66% 85% Back to the Future Part II Western Union Man (Character) $116.4M 1989
0% 37% Speed Zone! Vic DeRubis (Character) $2.4M 1989
No Score Yet 29% Blue Monkey George Baker (Character) $98.8K 1987
59% 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
60% 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) 2010-2011 2008
No Score Yet 90% 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% 94% Frasier Herm Evans (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Go Fish Dr. Frank Troutner (Character) 2001
No Score Yet 75% 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
96% 84% 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 No Score Yet Married ... With Children Dr. Plierson (Guest Star) 1989


Jeering Fan says: You're gonna need a blanket and suntan lotion, cause you're never gonna get off that beach, just like the way you never got into the NHL, ya JACKASS.

Western Union Man says: Wait! What does this this mean?

Marty McFly says: The Doc's alive! He's in the old west, but he's alive!

Western Union Man says: Wait, kid. Don't you need any help?

Marty McFly says: There's only one man that can help me!

The Beaver [Voice] says: Phhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilll!!

The Beaver [Voice] says: Phil!