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Eddie Driscoll, ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Mad Men’ Star, Dies at 60

Eddie Driscoll, ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Mad Men’ Star, Dies at 60

Actor Eddie Driscoll, who made a name for himself on Sex and the City along with Mad Men, died after battling stomach cancer. He was 60 years old. Jimmy Palumbo, a friend of Driscoll’s, told People that Driscoll got a saddle pulmonary embolism. It’s a blood clot that blocks and stops blood flow to an artery in the lung, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“He could do it all — sing, dance, act, comedy,” Palumbo said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “He worked all the time. (And) He was always booking work. Everyone that worked with him loved him.” A celebration of life ceremony took place for Driscoll back in January at a Los Angeles karaoke club.

“So many people showed up,” Palumbo told People. “I call it the underbelly of L.A. showbiz. There were stars in the room, there were working actors, but there was also this underbelly. His friend base was pretty interesting.”

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Eddie Driscoll Got His Acting Start in Florida

The photo above shows Driscoll on the left and fellow actor Mark Edgar Stephens on the right. They were photographed while making an appearance at an opening night for Lythgoe Family Productions and LA’s Best musical, Cinderella. The musical reportedly took on the style of a British panto. Driscoll and Stephens were photographed at the El Portal Theater in November 2010.

Looking back at Driscoll’s life, he started acting while at the University of Miami. Then, he found himself as part of an apprenticeship program at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre in Palm Beach, Fla. Driscoll also reportedly found himself working with Hollywood stars Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Burt Reynolds himself.

With this wealth of show business expertise at his hands, Driscoll soon turned his practice into real-time work. Over the years, he probably leaned on those experiences to get more work thanks to the TV show.

Actor Picked Up Work With Burt Reynolds

Now, his face is a familiar one for avid TV viewers. Driscoll did a lot of work in different shows over the years. For instance, he appeared in two Reynolds movies, Physical Evidence and Breaking In. Also, Driscoll had roles in two of Reynolds’ TV series, Evening Shade and B.L. Stryker.

Additional TV work came in shows like Days of Our LivesThe King of QueensCSI: MiamiEntourageDesperate HousewivesThis Is Us, and The Last Ship. In that final series, Driscoll had a recurring role as Randall Croft. Driscoll loved to stay busy as an actor. He moved in and out of these shows regularly when a script called for him to be out of there.

Driscoll, a native of New York, had a job as a host for two decades at Dimples, a now-closed karaoke bar in Burbank. Then he moved over to Fox Fire Room, where his celebration of life was held. Driscoll was a host there up until probably his health caused him to halt his duties.

He is survived by his brother, Danny.