Salute Your Shorts actor Kirk Baily dead at 59 after cancer battle

Salute Your Shorts actor Kirk Baily has died at age 59 following a battle with lung cancer.

Baily’s family told the actor passed from the illness over the weekend, just six months following his diagnosis.  

Friends of the actor announced his passing on social media, according to

Baily famously played camp counselor Kevin ‘Ug’ Lee in the Nickelodeon hit Salute Your Shorts from 1991 to 1992, and also had roles in 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain and The Sixth Man.

Salute Your Shorts actor Kirk Baily has died at age 59 following a battle with lung cancer

Salute Your Shorts actor Kirk Baily has died at age 59 following a battle with lung cancer

According to TMZ, Bailey studied comedy when he was just getting started in his acting career at Groundlings and Second City.

He worked as a sound coordinator on the 1988 film Killer Klowns from Outer Space before nabbing roles in Salute Your Shorts and others.

Based on creator Steve Slavkin’s 1986 book Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp, the sitcom aired on Nickelodeon for over a year and followed the antics of teenage campers and their counselor at the fictional Camp Anawanna. 

Baily also had credits in the wildly popular TV shows Melrose Place, Felicity and NYPD Blue. 

Baily's family told TMZ the actor passed from the illness over the weekend, just six months following his diagnosis

Baily’s family told TMZ the actor passed from the illness over the weekend, just six months following his diagnosis

Nickelodeon classic: Baily famously played camp counselor Kevin 'Ug' Lee in the Nickelodeon hit Salute Your Shorts from 1991 to 1992 (pictured back of group)

Nickelodeon classic: Baily famously played camp counselor Kevin ‘Ug’ Lee in the Nickelodeon hit Salute Your Shorts from 1991 to 1992 (pictured back of group)

In addition to his career in front of the camera, Baily also enjoyed a successful voice acting career with roles in a number of how anime i can get shows including Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Bailey also lent his voice to the 2020 film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. 

As news of his passing broke, fans paid tribute to the actor on social media.

Big screen: Baily also appeared in the 1997 film The Sixth Man, where he played Coach Nichols

Big screen: Baily also appeared in the 1997 film The Sixth Man, where he played Coach Nichols

Paying tribute: As news of his passing broke, fans paid tribute to the actor on social media

Paying tribute: As news of his passing broke, fans paid tribute to the actor on social media

‘Just heard about the passing of Kirk Baily. Man was a great voice actor and many might not have known that. I grew up watching him on Salute Your Shorts. RIP Kirk,’ tweeted one fan.

‘Today we salute Kirk Baily. #RIP Ug,’ another posted.

‘Say it ain’t so. Kirk Baily. Better known as “Ug” Lee. The best damn camp counselor on TV,’ one Twitter user posted.

‘Rest in peace Kirk Baily, who gave us the greatest camp counselor of all time, Kevin “Ug” Lee,’ another tweeted.

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