'Seinfeld' Old Man Bill Erwin Dies at 96

January 4, 2011

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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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