Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Who is Patrick Cranshaw you may ask? The name you may not remember, but the face you definitely will. Joseph Patrick Cranshaw was born on June 17, 1919 ,and he was known for his distinctive look and deadpan humor.

He is best known for one of his last roles, that of Joseph "Blue" Pulaski, a fraternity brother in the 2003 hit comedy Old School. Cranshaw also starred as Sheriff Bob in the Air Bud movies and he played the same role in Air Buddies the final time.

Despite an acting span of more than 40 years and some 102 appearances, Cranshaw's first credited film role came at the age of 41, in The Amazing Transparent Man(1960). Cranshaw's mild-mannered and gentlemanly demeanor led him to a number of roles as bank tellers, store managers, and grandfathers. His major credits include Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Nothing to Lose (1997), Broken Vessels (1998), Best in Show (2000), Bubble Boy (2001). He also appeared in over 50 television shows, including a recurring role as Mel's Diner regular Andy on the sitcom Alice.

Sadly, he died of natural causes on December 28, 2005 at the age of 86. He is survived by three children, Jan Ragland, Joe Cranshaw and Beverly Trautschold; his sister, Billie Vi Gillespie; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren...

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