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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Seinfeld's Abercrombie dies aged 77

Ian Abercrombie played Elaine's boss in Seinfeld (AP)
Ian Abercrombie played Elaine's boss in Seinfeld (AP)

Ian Abercrombie, whose TV roles included Elaine's boss Mr Pitt on Seinfeld and the voice of Chancellor Palpatine in the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has died at the age of 77.

A website statement from LucasArts said that the veteran British screen and stage stage star died on Friday.

A friend, Cathy Lind Hayes, told the Los Angeles Times that Abercrombie 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, a supervising director for Clone Wars.

''He loved to laugh and his sense of humour always lightened our record sessions. I will miss his stories, I will miss his performances, and I will miss his contribution to our show."

Abercrombie began his career as a dancer and made his American stage debut in a 1951 production of Stalag 17.

He appeared in the film Army of Darkness and on such TV shows as Wizards of Waverly Place and Birds of Prey, in which he played Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler.

He also voiced the worldly owl Ambrose in the animated movie Rango starring Johnny Depp.

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