Actor Dan Gerrity has died at the age of 59.

The New Jersey native suffered a fatal heart attack in Santa Fe, New Mexico on 20 November (13).

He established himself in theatre in the 1980s, starring in productions of Cliff Jones musical Something's Rockin' in Denmark and Ionescopade, while he later appeared in the critically-acclaimed Bouncers in 1986 and in Stand-Up Tragedy in 1990.

Gerrity also enjoyed a career onscreen, appearing on hit sitcoms Cheers, The King of Queens and Frasier, while he exercised his dramatic chops with roles in Dallas, Knots Landing, Murder One and The West Wing.

He also featured in 2008 movie Swing Vote and in last year's (12) Robert Redford film, The Company You Keep.