Local actor Michael Roberds, most well known in his role as Uncle Fester in The New Addams Family TV show, has died at the age of 52.
“It is with incredible sadness that I announce the passing my client and friend, Michael Roberds,” Debbie Mahood, Talent Manager at Lucas Talent Inc. wrote in a Facebook post. “Michael loved to entertain his neighbors by reading them jokes at parties… Michael was a gentle soul and will be missed by all he touched.”
The Langley native began performing in a school play, “Christmas on Sesame Street, at the age of five and went on to appear in over 80 shows and movies throughout his career, according to IMDB. He appeared in 65 episodes of The New Addams Family, which aired in 1998-99.
Friends of Roberds took to social media to express their sadness, including local comedian Simon King:
“He was warm, funny and extremely kind. I always thought he would have made a great stand up if he’d have wanted, his comedy mind was excellent and to be admired… Mike will be sorely missed, not just by his friends and family but by everyone who will feel the loss of what he had yet to produce… Mike Roberds was a true original, a wonderful person and a shining light that helped guide me to the comedy shores I now call home. Goodbye Mike, I’m so very glad to have known you and honoured to have shared a stage with you.”
Soo sad by the passing of Michael Roberds. There was none nicer.
RIP Uncle Fester…Good Bye my friend. pic.twitter.com/vamIlxf0ZE
— Peter Kelamis (@PeterKelamis) May 16, 2016