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Veteran Television Actor Who Originated Role of Jerry’s Dad on ‘Seinfeld’ Dead at 80

Feb 14, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran character actor best known as the title character’s father on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" has died, the AP reports. Philip Bruns, who also originated the role of Jerry Seinfeld’s father on “Seinfeld,” was 80.

Bruns died last Wednesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, the story reports.

Bruns had a three-year stint on Jackie Gleason’s variety show in the 1960s. He was also a familiar face in television commercials.

On the big screen, his appearances included roles in "Flashdance," "My Favorite Year" and "The Stunt Man."

He was the original actor to play Morty Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld’s father, on “Seinfeld,” appearing in an episode during the first season called “The Stakeout.” The role was later taken over by Barney Martin, who became better known for playing the character.

Bruns played George Shumway, Mary Hartman’s father, on the 1970s sitcom “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” His many other TV appearances included “Barney Miller,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Just Shoot Me.”

philip-bruns.jpgPhilip Bruns

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