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He Was a Familiar Face on TV and in Film as Far Back as the ’60s: Bill Macy Dies

Oct 18, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Veteran actor Bill Macy, best known for his role as Walter Findlay, the husband of Maude Findlay, on the 1970s comedy series “Maude,” has died.

Macy died Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to media reports. He was 97.

A cause of death has not been reported.

Macy became a familiar face both on television and in film, making more than 70 appearances. He had an early role as the jury foreman in the movie “The Producers” in 1967 and played the co-inventor of the “Opti-grab” in the 1979 Steve Martin movie “The Jerk.”

His other film credits included roles in “Death at Love House” (1976), “The Late Show” (1976), “Serial” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982), “Bad Medicine” (1985), “Tales From the Darkside” (1986), “Sibling Rivalry” (1990), “Me, Myself and I” (1992), “Analyze This” (1999) and “Mr. Woodcock” (2007).

He debuted Walter Findlay on “All in the Family” in 1972 and went on to a six-year run playing the character opposite Bea Arthur on the spin-off “Maude” from 1972-1978.

He later made guest appearances on many TV shows, including playing a member of the Florida retirement community where Jerry Seinfeld’s parents lived on “Seinfeld.” Macy’s other TV appearances included spots on “Matlock,” “Columbo,” “NYPD Blue,” “Chicago Hope,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Touched by an Angel,” “ER” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Here’s a brief clip of Macy talking about his character’s drinking problem on “Maude” …

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  1. thank you, Bill Macy for years of entertainment

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