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Ian Abercrombie, Mr. Pitt on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 77

Classically trained British stage actor was best known to Americans for a number of quirky TV roles.

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.

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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 Prince” with Keir Dullea and "Stalag 17."

He did voiceover work in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties” and “Rango,” and had completed “Green Lantern” for the Cartoon Network just before he died.

As Mr. Pitt in Seinfeld, he was known for his obsession with socks and quirky habits like eating candy bars with a knife and fork.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys.