He was President of our New York chapter of SAG-AFTRA. I've been a proud union member since the 1980s. I grew even prouder when Mike Hodge was our president. He got things done. For one year, I had the privilege to serve on the New York City board with him. To me, Mike was an excellent president and he was also an excellent actor with Broadway, film and TV credits. He was also one of the kindest people I knew in New York City during a rough period in my life.
Mike Hodge sent me a text message and when I told him about my luck sleeping on spare couches in friends' NYC apartment, he texted back "I love life, don't you?"
I texted, "It feels miraculous."
Hodge replied, "And that's what life is."
During my long, long stay, he invited me over to the SAG-AFTRA offices right across from Lincoln Center and he took me to lunch.
He had total empathy for my rough patch. He'd been through a similar one himself. He really opened up about that to me. He was generous with his time, his sage advice, his compassion and humor.
He continued to stay in touch and to tell to me I "offer a very rare skill set" as a TV performer and writer. He'd followed my career. Mike Hodge made me feel very significant in his life. He was like a big brother who always gave me hope. As a union member, I knew full well to my soul that President Mike Hodge had my back. He was a force as a unionist.
I gasped in shock early Monday morning when I got on Twitter to see news headlines and found the report that he'd died suddenly at age 70.
I shall miss him so very, very much. Mike Hodge was a remarkable, gentle man.
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