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Subject: ARCHIVE: April 13, 1986 ~Comic actor Stephen Stucker, known for bizarre, manic portrayals in films like "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977), and as 'Air Traffic Controller Johnny' in "Airplane!" (1980), who pulled plug on runway lights, dies of AIDS complications at 38. ...

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Date Posted: Friday, April 13, 11:07:28am

American actor, known for portrayals of bizarre, larger-than-life characters,
notably the manic control-room worker 'Johnny' in the early 1980s Airplane!
movies and the crossdressing, rubber-penis-waving stenographer in
the courtroom sequence of 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie. ...

Stephen Stucker
(July 2, 1947 April 13, 1986)

Early Life & Career ...
Stucker was born in Des Moines, Iowa. His family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he distinguished himself in school as a pianist and class clown. He graduated from high school in 1965. Stucker made his screen debut co-starring in the 1975 comedic sexploitation film Carnal Madness as Bruce Wilson, a gay fashion designer who escapes from an insane asylum with two fellow inmates, fleeing to an all-girls school. He went on to perform in the 1977 earthquake-in-Los-Angeles comedy Cracking Up, alongside Fred Willard, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer.

Stucker was a scene-stealing member of the cast of the Madison, Wisconsin Kentucky Fried Theater sketch comedy troupe founded by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. In 1977 he appeared in the John Landis film The Kentucky Fried Movie, based on the troupe's sketches. This led to his supporting role in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker comedy Airplane!, which he reprised in Airplane II: The Sequel. ...

...For the initial film, the writers gave Stucker the straight lines
for his scenes and let him write his character's off-the-wall responses.

In 1982 he had a guest role in a three-episode sequence in the TV series Mork & Mindy and, in 1983, had a small featured role in Landis' Trading Places. In 1984, he had a co-starring role as the sex-obsessed psychiatrist, Dr. Bender, in the teen comedy film Bad Manners (aka: Growing Pains).

Illness and death ...
On July 12, 1984, Stucker was diagnosed with AIDS. He later publicly announced his illness, making him one of the first actors
to announce he was suffering from the disease. He died from AIDS-related complications on April 13, 1986 at the age of 38.
He was cremated and interred, along with his parents, in the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. ...

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I remember seeing him on Phil Donahue's show talking about having AIDS (NT)It was very sadFriday, April 13, 11:53:10am

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