Actor Known for Role on ‘Seinfeld’ Dies

Jan 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An actor with a long string of film and TV credits, who is known for his role on “Seinfeld,” has died, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog. Ian Abercrombie was 77.

Abercrombie is remembered for playing Elaine Benes’ boss, Mr. Pitt, on "Seinfeld" — including a key role in the famous socks episode. But he appeared in hundreds of TV episodes from the 1960s on, including providing the voice of Chancellor Palpatine for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” He also voiced Palpatine and Darth Sidious in theatrical and video game versions of “Star Wars.”

Abercrombie died in Hollywood on Thursday and had recently finished working on Cartoon Network’s animated show "Green Lantern," according to the piece.

Abercrombie appeared in films such as "Young Frankenstein" and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” His list of TV credits is extensive, including parts on "Desperate Housewives," "Wizards of Waverly Place," “Days of Our Lives,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and "Murphy Brown."

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  1. RIP Ian Abercrombie.
    I will always remember Mr. Albercrombie as Alfred Pennyworth on Birds of Prey.

  2. He was the best part of a very flawed series in “Birds of Prey” but he was always good in everything I ever had the good fortune to see him in or hear his voice. I’ll lie and say I have heard a great deal of his voice work in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and his other comics-related animated series because I watch them with my five year old. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ;-}

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