Popular 80’s comedian Gallagher suffers heart attack

Comedian Gallagher (born Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.) known for his signature sketch “Sledge-O-Matic” is slowly recovering from a heart attack suffered just before he was about to perform at a Texas club.

Gallagher, 65, is in stable condition at a Dallas-area hospital.

He was about to go onstage Wednesday, March 14 at Hat Tricks, a Lewisville, Texas club when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.

His shows in Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon scheduled through next week have been posponed.

Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime. These shows have been re-broadcasted numerous times, notably on Comedy Central. His first special was directed by Mike Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees.

Gallagher ran for Governor in the 2003 California recall election, finishing 16th out of 135 candidates.

Gallagher’s Comedy Specials:

  • An Uncensored Evening (1980)
  • Mad as Hell/Two Real (1981)
  • Totally New (1982)
  • Stuck in the Sixties (1983)
  • The Maddest (1983)
  • Melon Crazy (1984)
  • Over Your Head (1984)
  • The Bookkeeper (1985)
  • The Messiest (1986) — contains clips from previous specials
  • Overboard (1987)
  • We Need a Hero (1992)
  • Smashing Cheeseheads (1997)
  • Messin’ Up Texas (1998)
  • Sledge-O-Matic.com (2000)
  • Tropic of Gallagher (2007)

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