The ‘American movie’ actor is 53 years old – The Hollywood Reporter

Musician Mike Schank, known for playing the good guy in the award-winning documentary American film, has died. He is 53 years old.

Schank’s close friend Jackie Bogenberger said Schank had been battling cancer in recent months and died on Thursday.

American film won the award for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and became the most beloved film over the years. The 1999 film chronicling the making of a short horror film Coven by independent filmmaker Mark Borchardt, with Schank – Borchardt’s best friend – shown in the film supporting Borchardt’s dream of filmmaking through various challenges.

Schank’s deadly humor and quiet sweetness in Movie – including his honesty about his struggles with alcoholism and gambling addiction – made him a beloved, unforgettable character. He happily shouted because Coven and also composed its music. The success of the 1999 documentary led to a number of opportunities, including a role in the 2001 film Telling stories and a guest voice on the animated sitcom Family boy.

Bogenberger says that throughout his battle with addiction and cancer, Schank remains “one of the kindest and most selfless people this earth has ever been blessed with”.

Family, friends and others showed their gratitude on Twitter.

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood called Schank a “legend”, adding “Mike Schank forever”. Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a simple “RIP”. Actor Rainn Wilson tweeted, “This is so sad. LOVE this wonderful person. “

Schank’s best friend, Borchardt, simply tweeted: “Stay strong forever, Mike…”.

In August, Schank announced on Twitter that he was 27 years old sober.

About three months before Schank’s announcement, he began telling friends and family that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, according to Bogenberger.

Bogenberger said a celebration of life will be held on November 12 at the Milwaukee Alano Club, where Schank has volunteered for two decades.


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