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The Puppet Master series is very dear to my heart. Discovering the films many years ago as a teenager browsing the shelves of my local video store, I have grown up with the franchise, following it through thick and thin, good and bad… I’ve owned every iteration of the films on rental VHS, sell-thru VHS, DVD and now, thanks to the good folks at 88 Films, on Blu-ray.
Following the release of the original Puppet Master back in August, 88 Films are following up with the two immediate sequels, Puppet Master 2, which expanded the roster of puppets with one of my favourites, Torch, and Puppet Master 3: Toulon’s Revenge, which many consider to be the pinnacle of the series and which has since spawned two related sequels of its own in the recent “puppets vs. nazis” flicks Puppet Master: Axis of Evil and Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (which »
Don Grady, who played Robbie Douglas on the TV show "My Three Sons" and was one of the Mickey Mouse Club's original Mouseketeers, died Wednesday. He was 68. "My dear friend and TV brother Don Grady passed away today," posted his "My Three Sons" co-star Barry Livingston. "He was an inspiration to me in so many ways." Livingston played Ernie on the show. Also read: Ian Abercrombie, Mr. Pitt on 'Seinfeld,' Dies at 77 Born Don Louis Agrati in in 1944, Grady was best known for his role as one of the sons on the »
- Todd Cunningham
Veteran character actor Ian Abercrombie died January 26th at the age of 77. A long time theater actor, it wasn’t until the late 1950’s that he begun work on both TV and film here. His second wind came in the late 1970s when he started working steadily in genre projects like the original Battlestar Galactica, Ice Pirates , Warlock, Puppet Master III, Twin Peaks, Army of Darkness, Adams Family Values, Babylon 5, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Birds of Prey, where he played Alfred. He also provided voice work for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and last year’s Johnny Depp animated film Rango. His last projects include a recurring role on the recently ended Disney series The Wizards of Waverly Place.
His was born Christopher Samuel Youd, but he was known as a prolific author who published novels under the name John Christopher. His several science fiction novels including »
Los Angeles (AP) — Ian Abercrombie, a veteran British stage and screen actor whose TV roles included Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld" and the voice of Chancellor Palpatine in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," has died. He was 77. A website statement from LucasArts said Abercrombie died Friday. A friend, Cathy Lind Hayes, told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/A6xXRE) that he died at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of kidney failure and recently had been diagnosed with lymphoma. "Though he played a villain on our show, you would be hard pressed to meet a kinder person," said Dave Filoni, »
- AP Staff
Ian Abercrombie, the British actor who played Elaine's crochety boss Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," died last Thursday (Jan. 26) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reports a family friend to the La Times. He had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.
He said in a 1998 interview with CNN that the show changed his life forever.
"Incredibly so," Abercrombie said at the time. "I mean, I have been around as an actor for 40-odd years, and this show knocked me out of the ballpark."
Abercrombie was born in Essex, England, but moved to the United States in 1951 at the age of 17 and made his stage debut in "Stalag 17" with Jason Robards in 1955. He was known mostly for his stage work prior to his role on "Seinfeld," though he did also have some roles in movies and on TV, including "Army of Darkness" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."
He was also a founding member of BAFTA-la. »
Goodbye, Mr. Pitt. You'll be missed. Ian Abercrombie, the British actor best known to audiences Stateside for playing Elaine Benes' boss, Mr. Pitt, on Seinfeld, as well as voicing the Emperor in George Lucas' animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and film, has died. He was 77. Per the Los Angeles Times, Abercrombie passed away Thursday at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications of kidney failure after being diagnosed recently with lymphoma. While enjoying a successful four-decade career on both stage and screen, it wasn't until he appeared in a seven-episode arc on the sixth season of Seinfeld that Abercrombie became a household »
Abercrombie died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from complications of kidney failure, according to the Los Angeles Times. He had recently been diagnosed with lymphoma.
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Born in England, Abercrombie started out as a stage dancer and made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards. After serving in the Army as part of Special Services in Germany, he returned to acting, appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films before a seven-episode arc on Seinfeld changed his life.
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- Joyce Eng
Ian Abercrombie, the British character actor who found fame later in life by playing Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, has died at 77. Abercrombie passed away Thursday of complications from kidney failure, having been diagnosed with lymphoma, the Los Angeles Times reports. Having started his career as a dancer, Abercrombie spent four decades acting on the stage, screen and TV, before his seven episodes on Seinfeld changed his life. "Incredibly so," he told CNN in 1998. "I mean, I have been around as an actor for 40-odd years, and this show knocked me out of the ballpark." As Elaine's boss, he said, »
- Tim Nudd
Ian Abercrombie, the classically trained British stage actor best known to American TV audiences as Elaine Benes’ nutty boss Mr. Pitt on “Seinfeld,” died of a heart attack Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 77. Read more: If the CW remade Seinfeld Abercrombie appeared on several other U.S. TV shows as well. He played the 800-year-old Professor Crumbs on “Wizards of Waverly Place, an butler on “Desperate Housewives” and made guest appearances on “Twin Peaks,” “Dynasty” and “Days of Our Lives.” He appeared in a number of movies, including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Sweet »
- Todd Cunningham
Seinfeld star Ian Abercrombie has died at the age of 77. The actor, who played the boss of Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in Jerry Seinfeld's NBC sitcom, passed away in Hollywood on Thursday (January 26). Abercrombie's acting career spanned 57 years, and he was last seen playing 800-year-old wizard Professor Crumbs in Disney sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place. He appeared on TV shows such as Columbo, Birds of Prey, L.A. Law and Desperate (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Abercrombie’s career spanned more than 50 years and included roles in flicks like Young Frankenstein and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. TV gigs included playing Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld, as well as parts on Wizards of Waverly Place, Desperate Housewives, Murphy Brown and L.A. Law.
He was born in Essex, England and »
- Lynette Rice
Ian Abercrombie, the British actor who was a regular as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on the popular TV series "Seinfeld", has passed away at age 77. It was confirmed today that the actor, who played butler Alfred Pennyworth on The WB's live-action series "Birds of Prey", passed away this Thursday, but the cause of his death was not mentioned. Abercrombie's other, more recent credits include Professor Crumbs on "Wizards of Waverly Place" and the voice of Darth Sidious on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars". Though "Birds of Prey" was only a one-season show, I thought Abercrombie did a good job as Alfred. R.I.P., Mr. Abercrombie. »
Ian Abercrombie, a busy character actor who gained recognition as Elaine's eccentric boss Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld," died Thursday in Hollywood. He was 77. The actor had a career spanning 50 years and has appeared in such films as "Army of Darkness," "Young Frankenstein," and "Jurassic Park 2." He also provided voice work on "Star Wars: Clone Wars" and "Green Lantern" animated series, and "Rango." On television, he was a regular on the WB Network series "Birds of Prey" and also worked on such shows as "Get Smart," "Hunter," "L.A. Law," "Dynasty," "Northern Exposure," "NewsRadio," "Murphy Brown," "Desperate Housewives" and dozens of others. But Abercrombie will be best known for his seven episodes of "Seinfeld," played Justin Pitt, Elaine's picky boss who eats his candy bars with a knife and fork and wears white knee socks. "Seinfeld" Clip: »
27 January 2012 3:59 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Ian Abercrombie, a busy character actor who gained recognition as Elaine Benes’ (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) eccentric boss Mr. Pitt on NBC’s Seinfeld, died Thursday in Hollywood. He was 77. Abercrombie seemed to be always working, appearing in scores of films, TV shows and theater productions during his 50-year-plus career in show business. The British actor made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 opposite Jason Robards, played the Wise Man in Sam Raimi’s comedy-horror film Army of Darkness (1972) and was 800-year-old wizard Professor Crumbs on Disney Channel hit Wizards
- Mike Barnes
14 items from 2012
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