Actor Kirk Baily has sadly passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with lung cancer.
The 59-year-old voice actor died over the weekend, his family confirmed to TMZ – and was diagnosed with the disease just six months ago.
Baily was best known for his role as Kevin ‘Ug’ Lee on the hit Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts in 1991 and 1992; he also appeared in 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain and The Sixth Man.
His most iconic sitcom Salute Your Shorts saw Baily appear as a camp counselor at Camp Anawanna – the children’s main antagonist.
The show is named after a group of campers who steal a boy’s underpants and hoist him up a pole.
When the other kids see the shorts, they greet it as part of the prank – along with various people being pranked.
This was far from his only role, however, as Baily also lent his voice to various SpongeBob SquarePants characters and appeared in Hollywood movies like Bumblebee and Frozen.
And alongside his various film and television roles, Baily was also a voice actor for a range of video games – from Condemned 2: Bloodshot to Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force.
Early in his career, the star practiced the art of comedy at the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles and on the Second City improv stage in Chicago.
Tributes are already pouring in for the late star, with one fan tweeting: “RIP Kirk Baily. Loved his voice work in Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Fushigi Yuugi, Kenshin and many other 90s/early 90s shows. 2000s.”
Another echoed, “RIP Kirk Baily. Let’s all salute the greatest TV camp counselor of all time, Kevin ‘Ug’ Lee from Salute Your Shorts.”
“RIP the great Kirk Baily aka UG from Salute Your Shorts. Coolest camp counselor ever,” someone else followed.
As a fourth fan posted, “Just learned of Kirk Baily’s passing. It’s heartbreaking. Great anime voice actor and legendary role in Salute Your Shorts. Thank you for being a part of my childhood. RIP Sir.”
“I learned from some friends/colleagues that Kirk Baily (better known as Ug from Salute Your Shorts) passed away from cancer yesterday.
“Way too young. Ug was the *best*. A performance with extremely weird energy and a bastion of RIP childhood,” someone else said.
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