He started his acting career in 1989, appearing in the videogame It Came from the Desert and went on to appear in shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boy Meets World and Friends, as well as films like Bridesmaids and Little Fockers.
Dane was best known, however, for portraying Hank the security guard (with an affinity for playing the blues guitar) on the U.S. version of The Office from 2005 to 2013.
More recently, Dane appeared in shows like Girl Meets World, The Carmichael Show and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
A number of his Office co-stars and other admirers have shared tributes to the actor on social media. See some of those messages below.
What a terrific guy. https://t.co/kkhalcgttq— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 4, 2018
RIP Hugh Dane, aka Hank the security guard. He was one of the greats. So kind, funny, talented. We will all miss him. Donations can be made in his name to: https://t.co/z1SAqamWMM pic.twitter.com/ysevEZKOjy— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 4, 2018
Hugh Dane was one the funniest actors ever. I loved writing and acting with him. ❤️ https://t.co/kOlcofYxIn— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Hugh Dane was a lovely man. https://t.co/urBl9KPyKb— Andy Buckley (@JustAndyBuckley) June 4, 2018
He was the best! ☹️ R.I.P. Hugh Dane https://t.co/G7GOVQeTez— Cherry Glazerr (@cherryglazerr) June 5, 2018
Thank you for bringing the funny, Hugh Dane! R.I.P. https://t.co/E2nQH8Gu6m— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 5, 2018