More MS news articles for July 2001

'Squiggy' acted drunk to hide MS

Associated Press
July 11, 2001 10:55:00

MEDFORD, Ore. - David Lander, best known for playing Squiggy on the TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," says he sometimes faked being drunk to hide his multiple sclerosis.

Lander revealed his illness in 1999. He hid the disease for 16 years, fearing Hollywood would reject him.

"Having it and not telling anybody is downright lonely because there's nobody's shoulder to cry on," Lander said. He was in Medford on Sunday to talk to a group of about 200 people who suffer from the chronic disease of the central nervous system.

"I started to notice that crossing the street was like an Olympic event," he said, recalling the early days of his illness.

The actor played Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on "Laverne & Shirley" during its 1976-83 run on ABC.