David L. Lander

David L. Lander is best known for his portrayal of the character “Squiggy” on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976-1983), and has appeared in feature films including A League of Their Own, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Scary Movie. He has guest-starred in over thirty television shows. His book, Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody (Tarcher) is the often poignant, always humorous account of Lander's courageous struggle with MS, from his desperate search for a cure, to his sixteen years of silence, to his decision to go public with his illness. Lander, who is also the goodwill ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, lives in Los Angeles.

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Fall Down Laughing

by David L. Lander

In 1978, David "Squiggy" Lander , the star of the hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley, agreed to make a celebrity appearance for a Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser in upstate New York. Knowing next to nothing about the disease, he asked the telethon director, "Why would anyone give money to MS if they already gave to Jerry's kids?"

"Anyone can get MS," the director replied. Little did Lander know how prophetic this conversation would be. Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody is the often poignant, always humorous account of Lander's courageous struggle with MS, from his desperate search for a cure to his 16 years of silence on his affliction to his decision to go public with his illness.

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