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Hugh Dane, ‘Hank The Security Guard’ From ‘The Office’, Has Died

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Hugh Dane, ‘Hank The Security Guard’ From ‘The Office’, Has Died

Actor Hugh Dane has died at the age of 75.

While he worked on a bunch of shows in small roles like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boy Meets World, Friends, Sister, Sister and Monk, his biggest character was Hank Tate, the security guard in the American version of The Office.

His TV show counterparts have paid tribute to him on social media.


Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight, wrote: "RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him. Donations can be made in his name to: innercityculturalcenter.org."


Steve Carrell, who was the star of the show as Michael Scott, followed up with: "What a terrific guy."

Mindy Kaling, who played Kelly Kapoor, said: "Hugh Dane was one the funniest actors ever. I loved writing and acting with him."

He played Hank the security guard for 22 episodes, with fans saying any scene he was in he absolutely stole the show.


He was known for his unenthusiastic approach to doing his job at the office park and even had to double as a coffee maker. Hank was particularly displeased when Dwight was elevated to become a semi-security guard of the branch.

The actor even tried to pretend he was a blues player and tried to auction off his CDs in the show.

He also appeared in the comedy blockbuster Bridesmaids when Kristen Wiig and Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy's characters meet for the first time at Lillian's engagement party. Even though it was a blink and you'll miss it moment, he still delivered attitude and sass.

Other movies he appeared in include Little Fockers, Roadkill, Girl on a Bed and Black Sea Raid.


The 75-year-old's death was announced on Facebook by The Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, who announced that his funeral will take place this weekend and asks for anyone to come and 'share memories of a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend'.


Featured Image Credit: The Office/NBC

Topics: Death, Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, The Office

Stewart Perrie
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