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    Default Kenneth Mars, actor, dead at 75

    Source: E-Online

    Kenneth Mars, Führer-Loving Playwright in The Producers, Dies

    It wouldn't have been Springtime for Hitler without Kenneth Mars.

    The veteran film and TV character actor, who played a Führer-feting
    playwright in The Producers, died Saturday at his home in Granada Hills,
    Calif. He was 75 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer.

    Mars, a native of Chicago, started acting in the early 1960s, lending his
    voice to The Jetsons before going on to bit roles in Gunsmoke and Car 54,
    Where Are You?

    But in 1968, Mel Brooks cast Mars in The Producers as batty auteur Franz
    Liebkind, who ultimately can't handle the smashing success of the musical
    Springtime for Hitler, in which leading man Lorenzo St. DuBois (Dick Shawn)
    plays Adolf Hitler as fabulously gay. It's a riot.

    Will Ferrell played the role in the remake-based-on-the-Broadway-musical,
    but Mars' version was the cult classic.

    In a career spanning the rest of his life, Mars also appeared in Brooks'
    Young Frankenstein, as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,
    What's Up, Doc? with Barbra Streisand, The Parallax View with Warren
    Beatty, and Woody Allen's Radio Days and Shadow and Fog. He made
    numerous TV guest appearances, as well, on shows ranging from Party
    of Five to Hannah Montana.

    Another major mark he made in pop culture: The Northwestern grad was
    also the voice of Ariel's father, King Triton, in The Little Mermaid. He
    could also be heard over the years in Thumbelina, the Nickelodeon
    show Rugrats and The Land Before Time movies.

    Mars was survived by a wife and two children.
    Source: Boston Globe
    Kenneth Mars, co-star in Mel Brooks comedies, dies

    GRENADA HILLS, Calif.—Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who
    played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in "The Producers" and an
    earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in
    "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 75.

    In a statement Monday, Mars family said the actor died Saturday
    of pancreatic cancer at his home in Grenada Hills.

    In Brooks' 1968 romp "The Producers," Mars co-starred as Franz Liebkind,
    a Nazi enthusiast whose play, "Springtime for Hitler," is the basis for
    a scheme by two conniving showmen (Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) to
    bilk investors by putting on a surefire Broadway flop.

    Brooks cast Mars again in 1974's "Young Frankenstein" as the constable
    poking around the castle grounds on the trail of mad scientist Wilder's

    In both films, the Chicago-born Mars demonstrated his talent for vocal
    farce, lending over-the-top German accents to the characters.

    Mars' nearly 50-year career included a long list of voice credits,
    including "The Little Mermaid," "The Jetsons" and the "The Land
    Before Time" movies and TV series.

    Among Mars' other film credits were Woody Allen's "Radio Days" and
    "Shadows and Fog," and Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up, Doc." His
    extensive television work featured regular roles on "Malcolm in the
    Middle," "Fernwood Tonight" and the 1960s series "He & She."
    On stage, Mars appeared in such plays as "The Affair" and "Anything

    Mars is survived by two daughters, Susannah Mars Johnson and
    Rebecca Mars Tipton, and six grandchildren.

    A private funeral service was planned.
    Loved him in "What's up, Doc?" I think he may have played his most
    normal role in "The Parallax View", lol. He was also in "Malcom in the
    Middle", again with a crazy accent. R.I.P., big guy.
    Warren Beatty: actor, director, writer, producer.

    ***** celeb

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    I loved this brilliant and wonderful actor, he had me rolling in The Producers and Young Frankenstein.

    RIP Mr. Mars

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    What's Up Doc is one of my favorite movies of all time. Loved him in that.
    There will be times you might leap before you look
    There'll be times you'll like the cover and that's precisely why you'll love the book
    Do it anyway

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    AWWWWW, DAMNIT. Ken Mars was awesome. Even as Otto on "Malcolm in the Middle". He was very funny and great with accents.

    RIP Ken!!!!

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