Lander studied acting at the High School for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Tech and New York University.
Teamed with Michael McKean, aka “Lenny” on Laverne & Shirley, Lander created a memorable comic turn on the eight-year run of the series, which ended in 1983. The two had met at Carnegie in Pittsburgh and created the characters there.
The two also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s film 1941 and Kurt Russell’s Used Cars.
They also voiced an animated TV series, Oswald, which ran for two years, playing penguin cousins Henry and Louie.Lander’s survivors in include his wife, Kathy, their daughter, Natalie and her husband.