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Overview (3)

Born in Grays, Essex, England, UK
Died in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (kidney failure)
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of "Stalag 17" with Jason Robards and Jules Munshin. Many plays in summer stock, regional and off-Broadway followed in a variety of theatrical offerings, from revues to Shakespeare (in a particularly low period, he worked as a magician's assistant for $10 a performance). In 1957 Ian was drafted into the army and stationed in Germany. He was in Special Services, where he directed the Continental premiere of "Separate Tables" and toured with Olivia de Havilland in her show. Back in the US, Ian went to California for a backers' audition. That fizzled but he began his long and successful film and television career. For the past 40 years, his theatrical work highlights have included; "As You Like It", "Hamlet", "Misalliance", "The Good Doctor", "The Way Of The World", "Mary Stuart", "Crucifer Of Blood", "Journey's End", "The Wrong Box", "The Cocktail Party", "Bert & Maisy", "Other Places", "Bent", "Natural Causes", "The Vortex", "Rough Crossing", "Africa", "Road & Lettice" and "Lovage". He received awards for his work in "Sweet Prince" with Keir Dullea, "Teeth N'smiles", "A Doll's House" with Linda Purl and "The Arcata Promise" opposite Anthony Hopkins. He also received acclaim for the one-man show "Jean Cocteau - A Mirror Image". Recently a highlight was playing Alfie Doolittle in "My Fair Lady". Ian is also in great demand for voice-work on radio, CD-ROMS, films and commercials.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ian abercrombie

Spouse (2)

Gladys Abercrombie (1984 - 26 January 2012) (his death)
Elizabeth Romano (17 February 1956 - 1978) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Cousin of John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, ECM Recording Star.
Serves on the Board of Directors of BAFTA-LA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and on the Western Board of The Actor's Fund of America.
Stepped in for an ailing Whoopi Goldberg, at the last minute, as emcee/host for the 2001 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards honoring Steven Spielberg. The award was presented by H.R.H. Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Shared two roles with Clive Revill. Revill was the voice of "Alfred Pennyworth" in early episodes of Batman: The Animated Series (1992), a role Abercrombie played in Birds of Prey (2002). Revill was also the first actor to play "Palpatine", in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Abercrombie voiced the character in the animated, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) series.
His character Professor Crumbs from Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) was a reference to Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter film series. Richard Harris who played Dumbledore in two first parts of Harry Potter film series died 9 days before "Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets" (2002) premiered; Abercrombie died 19 days after the last episode of Wizards of Waverly Place aired.

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