Bill Erwin, otherwise known as 'the old man' from 'Seinfeld,' dies
Bill Erwin was a character actor with a lengthy, varied resume that included appearances in everything from "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Home Alone" to episodes of "Perry Mason" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
But above all else, he was known as Sid Fields, the cranky old man to whom Jerry Seinfeld attempts to offer companionship in the episode "The Old Man."
Erwin died over the holidays at 96. He passed away on Dec. 29, and the L.A. Times reported his death on Jan. 1, but the news is spreading today on the Internet, conferring Google "hot topic" status on Erwin.
In his honor, let's remember Erwin's Emmy-nominated work on that classic, season-four "Seinfeld" episode, a turn that allowed him to bite Kramer in the arm, have his dentures destroyed by a garbage disposal and call Jerry a fool and an idiot.
Enjoy some of his work here:
And more of it in this YouTube clip.
| January 4, 2011; 10:45 AM ET
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