Seinfeld’s TV Dad Dies
LOS ANGELES ( Barney Martin, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s father Morty on more than 20 episodes of “Seinfeld,” died on Monday (March 21) at the age of 82.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin suffered from cancer.
An Air Force pilot in World War II, Martin served as a New York policeman before beginning a Broadway career that included such classics as “South Pacific” and the original production of “Chicago.” Among Martin’s film credits are a memorable part in “The Producers” and the role of Liza Minnelli’s father in “Arthur” and its sequel.
Although Phil Bruns originated the part of Morty Seinfeld, Martin took over the character in the show’s second season in the episode titled “The Pony Remark” and made regular appearances until the show’s 1998 finale.
A regular television guest star throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Martin cameoed on some of the decades’ best, such as “The Odd Couple,” “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Murphy Brown” and “The Wonder Years.”