More MS news articles for June 1999

David Lander Has Multiple Sclerosis

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- David Lander, best known for playing Squiggy on the sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has multiple sclerosis. Lander was diagnosed with the often-crippling nerve disease 15 years ago. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is revealing his illness now to help others with the disease.

"I just figured that if people can see me, and see that I'm working -- I guess I call it 'fighting' M.S. -- maybe I can do some good," he said.

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

Lander, married and the father of a teen-age daughter, was diagnosed with the disease shortly after the series came to an end.

"The first two years were the toughest. I've been in remission most of the past 13 years," he said. "The major way it affects me is called 'drop foot' in which my knee will buckle. I have to go down stairs slowly, holding the railing, but so do a lot of people who don't have M.S."

Last week, Lander appeared on Rosie O'Donnell's talk show for a tribute to "Laverne & Shirley" star Penny Marshall. Lander also had a guest role on the HBO sports comedy "Arli$$" and is set to star in the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" in Utah.

"It has some physical work, but I'm not afraid to do it," Lander said.