Goodbye blue sky…Barthy burgers…girls…
A beloved piece of my generation’s childhood is no more. Les Lye, a writer and actor known to ’80s children as any number of adult characters from You Can’t Do That on Television, has died at age 84. According to what I’ve read Lye had a long and successful career in Canadian radio and TV, but Americans like me all remember him from Nickelodeon as Barth the cook, Nasti the German dungeon master, and of course El Capitano the vaguely Hispanic military executioner.
As a last goodbye to a truly underrated performer and important part of my wasted youth, let’s take a look back at some great Les Lye moments. And by great I mean wet, slimy, and tasty.
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