Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Kirk Baily Dies: ‘Salute Your Shorts’ Star Was 59

Kirk Baily, who portrayed Kevin “Ug” Lee on the 1991-92 Nickelodeon comedy Salute Your Shorts, died Monday, February 28, six months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 59.

His death was announced by friends on social media. TMZ reports the cause of death as lung cancer based on confirmation from family.

In the two-season Salute Your Shorts, which followed the life of a group of young campers at the fictional summer camp, Camp Anawanna, Baily played camp counselor (and butt of jokes and pranks) Kevin “Ug” Lee. Created by Steve Slavkin and produced by Propaganda Films, the series co-starred Danny Cooksey, Erik MacArthur and Blake Soper as several of the campers.

Although Baily would make appearances as an actor in various series following the cult favorite Salute Your Shorts, he was most prolific as a voice actor for animated TV, film and video games in the several decades prior to his death. Among his TV and film voiceover credits are Cowboy Bebop (1999), Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran (2000), Metropolis (2001), Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play – Eikoden (2001), Hotel Transylvania (2012), Frozen (2013), Big Hero 6 (2014), Bumblebee (2018), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) and, most recently, last year’s Night of the Animated Dead.

He provided voice work for such video games as Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht and Dead Space: Downfall. He also worked on The Day the Earth Stood Still, Rango and Home Sweet Home Alone.

In front of the camera, Baily guest starred on Felicity, Judging Amy, NYPD Blue, Melrose Place and Star Trek: Voyager.

In 2019, the cast of Salute Your Shorts had a reunion in Hollywood at the Good Burger pop-up shop. A YouTube video uploaded by user @wetmovie1 showed Baily leading a Salute Your Shorts trivia session for attendees. He remained close friends with most of the cast members and production staff. 

He worked up until the last few months of his life, loving his career until the end.

Baily's fans took to Twitter to share their condolences. "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," one fan tweeted. "Sad day. Just read Kirk Baily passed who played Ug on Salute Your Shorts. This dude was one of the top villains of my childhood," another wrote.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

R.I.P. Kirk Baily, February 2, 1963 - February 28, 2022.

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