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‘Payday’ Actor Cliff Emmich Passes Away at 85, Know the Cause of his Death

Cliff Emmich has left for the heavenly abode. The Hollywood actor best known for his work in various projects such as PaydayThunderbolt and LightfootHalloween II, and Little House on the Prairie has died.

The Thunderbolt star passed away at the age of 85 on Monday, November 28, 2022. Continue reading further to know the cause behind the death of Hollywood actor Cliff Emmich.

What was the cause behind the death of Cliff Emmich?

Cliff Emmich, the fun-loving character actor who starred in many films and shows is no longer with us. He passed away at the age of 85. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Cliff died on Monday at his Valley Village home in Los Angeles after a long battle with lung cancer.

Emmich was best known for playing the role of the driver Chicago, who steered the Cadillac sedan with Rip Torn‘s hard-living honky tonk singer Maury Dann in the backseat, in Payday  (1973).

In Michael Cimino‘s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Cliff portrayed the character of a Western Union security guard with a porn fetish who is attracted to the long-legged, dress-wearing Jeff Bridges.

Along with this, Cliff played the role of another security guard, one who falls victim to a hammer wielded by Michael Myers, in 1981’s Halloween II. In addition to this, he was well known for starring in the fifth season of NBC’s Little House on the Prairie.

At that point, Emmich was cast to play the character of an overweight, shy, and embarrassed middle-aged guy whose daughter is ashamed of him in the episode entitled “The Man Inside.” The character was written down by Michael Landon while keeping Cliff Emmich in mind. It was one of the actor’s favorite parts.

Here’s all you need to know about Cliff Emmich

Cliff Emmich was born on December 13, 1936, in Cincinnati. He was brought up in Los Angeles. The name of his father was Clifford and he sold exotic foreign cars to Hollywood stars that included Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, and Ozzie Nelson.

Emmich graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena. Soon after, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Then, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Around the same time, he even toured with the American Repertory Players and did summer stock at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Cliff made his film debut in the year 1969 with Norman Jewison’s Gaily, Gaily, starring Beau Bridges. Throughout the course of his career, he appeared in many films such as Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), the Yvette Mimieux-starring Jackson County Jail (1976),   Barracuda (1978), Hellhole (1985), and Digital Man (1995).

His TV stints included shows like The Odd CoupleIronsideThe FBIStarsky and Hutch and Night Court to Murder, She WroteCoachNash Bridges, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family members of Hollywood actor Cliff Emmich during this hard time. May the departed soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of entertainment.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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