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Gordie Tapp, ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Dies at 94

The Canadian entertainer played Cousin Clem on the CBS variety show

Gordie Tapp, a Canadian entertainer and broadcaster best known for playing Cousin Clem on CBS variety show “Hee Haw” died Sunday. He was 94.

Along with a lengthy TV career, Tapp was also a member of the Order of Canada and a Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Born in London, Ontario, he was a founding cast member of radio/TV show “Main Street Jamboree,” and hosted the CBC music-variety program “Country Hoedown.”

Upon moving to the U.S., Tapp went on to perform and write for “Hee Haw,” where he became famous for beloved roles such as Cousin Clem, Samuel B. Sternwheeler, Mr. Gordon the storekeeper and Lavern Nagger.

Tapp is survived by his wife of 73 years, Helen, and his children Kate, Jeff and Barbara.