February 22, 2024

'The Office' Actor Ewen MacIntosh Passes Away at 50

Ewen MacIntosh, recognized for his portrayal in the U.K.'s "The Office," has died at age 50.

The actor passed away on Feb. 19 from undisclosed causes, as confirmed by a representative for MacIntosh. MacIntosh had been grappling with health issues for the past two years.

"Just Right Management," in a statement, lauded MacIntosh as both a remarkable actor and an exceptional individual.

The management agency expressed gratitude for the outpouring of affection for MacIntosh, while also urging privacy for his family to mourn during this challenging period.

Ricky Gervais, the comedian and creator of the British sitcom, paid homage to MacIntosh on X (formerly known as Twitter), labeling the news as "extremely sad." Gervais hailed MacIntosh as "Big Keith" from "The Office," describing him as an irreplaceable talent.

"Thank you Ewen for making me laugh," co-star Miranda Hart wrote of the comedian in a Feb. 21 Instagram post.

"We were the same age and crossed paths many times as we did our best to be funny and make a living out of it. It wasn't always likely but we did it and I am glad we got to do a scene together. Thank you xx," she added.

MacIntosh's notable role in "The Office" was as an accountant with a penchant for Scotch eggs—hard-boiled eggs enveloped in sausage, coated with breadcrumbs, and deep-fried.

Reflecting on his experience, MacIntosh recalled challenges during filming, particularly a scene featuring him consuming Scotch eggs alongside Martin Freeman. Despite difficulties, MacIntosh's performance left an indelible mark on viewers.

Beyond "The Office," MacIntosh appeared in various British television shows, including "Little Britain" and "Miranda." However, it was his portrayal in "The Office" that garnered him widespread acclaim.

The British sitcom, co-created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, served as the inspiration for the American adaptation of "The Office," which enjoyed a successful nine-season run with a cast featuring Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and Jenna Fischer.

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