Jay Leggett, Comedy Actor, Director, Writer, Dies at 50

Jay Leggett Dead
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Jay Leggett, who worked both in front and behind the camera for TV and film comedies, appearing for a season in Fox’s sketch show “In Living Color,” died of natural causes on Saturday after he’d spent the day hunting near Tomahawk, Wisc. He was 50.

In addition to his work in the 1993-94 season of “In Living Color,” to which he also contributed as a writer, Leggett guested on series including “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Ally McBeal” and “The Drew Carey Show.” He had a starring role in the brief 2008 Spike TV series “Factory.”

Leggett also appeared in a number of films, including Larry Clark’s “Another Day in Paradise”; “Employee of the Month,” starring Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate, which Leggett also co-wrote and co-produced; and, in 2011, the comedy “Division III: Football’s Finest.”

Most recently he’d written, produced and directed a film called “Live Nude Girls,” starring Dave Foley, that was in post-production earlier this year. In addition to helming a number of episodes of the brief 2008 series “Lemmings,” Leggett directed a 2010 documentary called “To the Hunt,” about deer hunting in the Tomahawk, Wisc., area.

Leggett graduated from the U. of Wisconsin and performed with the Improv Olympic comedy troupe in Chicago; recently he was teaching improv at the Improv Olympic West Theater in Hollywood.

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