Barney Martin, Original Broadway 'Amos' Dead at 82: We Noticed You Were Here
|Barney Martin, who was well known to TV audiences for his portrayal of Jerry' Seinfeld's father on "Seinfeld" passed away on Monday. Martin was 82 and had been suffering from cancer.|
Mr. Martin was a New York police officer after being an Air Force pilot in World War II. In the late 60s, he made his Broadway debut in "All American" with Ray Bolger. On the stage, he was best known for creating the role of Amos Hart in "Chicago."
On the silver screen, Martin delighted audiences in several films including "Arthur" (as Liza Minnelli's father), "The Producers" and "Charlie".
Barney Martin also was a frequent guest star on the small screen in the 70s and 80s having appeared in "The Odd Couple," "Life Goes One," "The Golden Girls," "Full House," "Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere," "Murphy Brown" and "The Wonder Years." He also was briefly a stand-in for Jackie Gleason and wrote for both "Name That Tune" and "The Steve Allen Show" in the 50s.
Martin is survived by his wife Catherine to whom he was married for 63 years; son Donald, two grandsons and two great-grandsons. The family requests that memorial donations be made to: The Actors Fund of America, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90036.