“Law & Order” actor and New York local chapter SAG-AFTRA President Mike Hodge died on Sept. 9 at the age of 70.
Hodge acted in a number of TV, film and theater roles, reports Variety.
The actor appeared in “Law & Order” and “Fringe” as well as four Broadway shows including “Fences” and “A Few Good Men.”
In addition, he was a well-known union activist. He was elected New York division president in 2010 and was a member of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council, the City Labor Council and as a trustee to the Industry Advancement Cooperative Fund.
Those who knew him mourn his loss and praise the contributions he made.
“Mike Hodge was a powerful unionist, a remarkable leader, and more than anything, a great friend, colleague, and mentor,” wrote Rebecca Damon, first VP of the New York local SAG-AFTRA chapter, on her Facebook page.
“For me, and I am sure for many of you who were his closest friends, this is particularly heartbreaking as we have lost not just a president, but a father figure and a big brother,” she added. “Mike was a towering presence whose kindness and good nature made each of us better.”
“My oldest friend in Show Business; a dear friend, a gentle soul, a kind and supportive fellow thespian,” replied one person on Damon’s post. “I’m shattered.”
“Mike was my friend and neighbor for almost 30 years,” commented a third. “I am so saddened by this loss, for all of us. Thank you Mike for your dedication to SAG and the betterment of it, for all of it’s members. Rest is peace my sweet brother.”
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris also paid tribute to Hodge on social media.
“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear friend and much beloved colleague Mike Hodge,” she wrote to the union’s leaders. “Mike was an incredible advocate for SAG-AFTRA members since he first joined SAG’s New York board back in 2001. Through nearly 16 years of service, we came to know his wit, his generous nature and his insight. Mike had a deep love for the work we do as performers and enjoyed every character he brought to life on stage, television or film. We all relied on his kindness and his vibrant spirit to help guide us as we focused on the union and its members.”
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