'The Office' actor Hugh Dane died from pancreatic cancer, death certificate reveals
Dane was known for his performances in TV series like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also the film, Bridesmaids. The cause of his death is yet to be revealed
Hugh Dane, the beloved no-nonsense security guard Hank from the US version of The Office, died from pancreatic cancer, his death certificate revealed. The actor passed away on May 16 at 10:56 pm at his home in LA, with the document, which was obtained by TMZ, revealing that he succumbed to his cancer. It also lists Dane's occupation as an actor with 40 years experience in the entertainment industry and reveals the name of his funeral establishment as 'Natural Grace.'
Dane amused audiences with memorable performances in TV series like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and also the film, “Bridesmaids." The note of his death was posted on Facebook by The Inner City Cultural Center.
Dane broke into acting all the way back in the late 1980s with a video game role in the “It Came From the Desert.” Yet his first television role was as the father in “Hunter” which had followed soon after the video game part and that's what set him along the career of acting on TV series.
His role as the blunt guard Hank from "The Office" was the most longstanding one, even though he also played two characters in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and also recurred as Fred in the Emmy-nominated ’90s series “Roc.”
As for movies, Dane's appearances have been mostly in comedic masterpieces like “Little Fockers” and “Bridesmaids.” He had also lent his acting skills on shows like “Friends,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Monk,” “Boy Meets World,” “The West Wing,” and most recently, “The Mayor,” which stars Brandon Micheal Hall and Lea Michele.
Dane was also active with theatre performances and was widely loved for his talent. His "The Office" co-star Rainn Wilson paid a touching tribute to the departed actor on Twitter, providing a donation link to the Inner City Cultural Center along with a clip of the two's respective characters from a scene on the show.
“RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard,” Wilson wrote. “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.”
Fans have been pouring in with posts all over social media, sending in condolences and wishing for the loved actor. Twitter user arialxjade wrote: "RIP Hugh Dane AKA Hank AKA the greatest security guard in all of Dunder Mifflin history May your blues CD’s sell by the millions and your socks be put on in peace."
Another user, EarthToEMarie, wrote: "Actor Hugh Dane was more than a security guard on #TheOffice. His career spanned for decades & included features in shows like Fresh Prince, Martin, Roc, Friends, & many others. Rest In Peace!"