Actor George Coe was honored on Archer with a touching tribute that may seem a little puzzling to people that are not familiar with the popular animated FX series.
George Coe played the role of Woodhouse, Sterling Archer’s elderly valet and longtime employee. At first glance, it may seem that Woodhouse and Archer have a relationship that is similar to the father-son bond shared between Bruce Wayne and Alfred. However, as loyal Archer fans know very well, that is not the case at all.
— Klaus Salem Libelle (@KlausLibelle) July 26, 2015
Therefore, to pay tribute to George Coe and Woodhouse, the Archer production team apparently decided to take a different approach. They just didn’t flash George Coe’s face on the screen with an R.I.P. message.
They didn’t play any footage from past interviews that the 86-year-old actor had about the popular animated FX series.
On the contrary, they essentially created a “greatest hits” montage of some of the most memorable moments on the show that featured Woodhouse either by himself or alongside Archer.
Most of the chosen clips focused on how abusive Archer was to Woodhouse over the years — even showing the clip when a much younger version of Archer called Woodhouse a “douche.”
On the other hand, the montage also showed memorable highlights of the type of things that Woodhouse would do behind Archer’s back as well, revealing the “dark side” of Woodhouse that wasn’t very frail after all.
However, the final clip is perhaps the most touching. Archer takes a moment to express his sincere gratitude to Woodhouse — an expression that he apparently avoided for quite some time.
“Mexico’s pretty big…and so is your heart, Woodhouse… That’s probably the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me. I’m serious. You know, you showed me how important family is and you’re…kind of family and I know that I’m not always as nice to you as I could be so I’m going to work on that okay.”
Overwhelmed with emotion, Woodhouse simply said “Thank you, sir” to which Archer replied with a resounding “Thank you” as the message, “Thank you, George Coe” flashed on the screen before fading to black.
— The Mary Sue (@TheMarySue) July 25, 2015
Goodbye, Woodhouse: Archer’s George Coe Dies at 86 – I’ll be over here eating a big bowl of spiderwebs in tribute. http://t.co/TSnmW1CTx7…
— July 2015 (@july2k15) July 20, 2015
RIP George Coe. Archer just won’t be the same without you and Woodhouse. 🙁
— DustinABR (@dustinabr) July 20, 2015
RIP George Coe, who voiced Woodhouse from Archer amongst many other roles. You made me laugh countless times.
— Some Joker (@oliharding) July 20, 2015
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, George Coe died on July 18, 2015, after battling an illness for a long time. As seen by the reactions and responses on Twitter, quite a few longtime Archer fans will greatly miss him.
[Image Credit: Geek Tyrant and FX]