'Seinfeld' Old Man Bill Erwin Dies at 96

January 4, 2011


I'm sorry, but there's belated death to report. Bill Erwin, the veteran character actor with over 200 roles to his name, died Wednesday of age-related causes. He was 96.

While Erwin's on-screen résumé spans over six decades, most of us will likely remember him for his later work playing an elderly man/grandpa in whatever production was in need of a reliably crotchety presence. It was just such a part--playing the titular old man in the classic Seinfeld episode "The Old Man"--that won him a 1993 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. If you have my brain, you'll also look back fondly at his roles in Home Alone and the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where people keep disappearing from around Dr. Crusher. Here's a clip from the latter, along with his amazing Seinfeld appearance:

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