RIP: Seinfeld's Ian Abercrombie Dies at 77

By Jen Trolio

Jan 28, 2012

Ian Abercrombie has passed away at age 77, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Perhaps best known for playing Seinfeld's Mr. Pitt—Elaine's fussy, socks-obsessed, Woody Woodpecker balloon-loving boss—the British character actor's TV credits span nearly fifty years and include roles on such shows as Birds of Prey, Dynasty, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Wizards of Waverly Place, and many more.

Rest in peace, Mr. Abercrombie. I'll be spending the rest of the afternoon pulling up my socks, eating candy bars with a knife and fork, and watching the following clips in your honor.

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  • Hutchy_TVSeries Jan 30, 2012

    RIP Ian Abercrombie.

  • AllieAllie Jan 30, 2012

    omg yes he was just looked him up. Professor Crumbs.

  • AllieAllie Jan 30, 2012

    Aw man, RIP Mr. Abercromnie. Loved him on Seinfeld. And I just saw him on the Wizards of Waverly Place finale a few weeks ago. He was the wizard headmaster, right?

  • crazylegs99 Jan 30, 2012

    - It's amazing how even a minor character on the best comedy show of all time made such a significant impact on the viewers. Mr. Pitt's appearance on Seinfeld was brief yet memorable. Everyone in my inner circle knows who Mr. Pitt is!!

    - Kudos to for recognizing the man's brilliance.

    RIP Ian Abercrombie.

  • smithinjapan Jan 29, 2012

    Ah... Mr. Pitt, RIP. Say hi to Uncle Leo. You'll be missed.

  • jaden84 Jan 29, 2012

    He will definitely be missed.

  • SweetMissJaye Jan 29, 2012

    RIP Mr. Abercrombie....Its sad, I never even knew his name until I read this article but he definitely made an impression on me. I'll always love Mr. Pitt; he was one of a kind.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 29, 2012

    Wow, I heard him acting just yesterday on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where he's been playing Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious / The Emperor for the last 4 seasons, and thinking about how good his voice acting in a part that was previously brought to life and made famous on the big screen. Abercrombie was really nuanced in his sly evilness, very important for the part. When they first cast Mr Pitt from Seinfeld to play the Emperor, I didn't think it'd work, but he took to it with such skill. Sad to learn of his passing.

  • telvisnostic Jan 29, 2012

    Fantastic actor. I've seen him in other movies.

    I enjoyed all of his antics, especially the fact that he was obsessed with pencils and hated pens.

  • DavidJackson8 Jan 29, 2012

    I actually remember myself eating a Snickers bar with a knife and fork the day after I first watched that episode.

    One of my favorite characters in my favorite show of all time.

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