Stage & Screen Vet Kenneth Mars Dead at 75

Stage & Screen Vet Kenneth Mars Dead at 75

Stage and screen actor Kenneth Mars, known for his work in Mel Brooks films, has died at the age of 75. The performer passed away Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Grenada Hills.

Mars' career included a vast amount of film and television credits. The was a collaborator of Mel Brooks, appearing as Franz Liebkind in "The Producers" and Inspector Kemp in "Young Frankenstein."  The actor's credits include many voice performances, including "The Little Mermaid," "The Jetsons" and the "The Land Before Time" series.

Mars' stage credits include: "The Sound of Music," "Anything Goes," "The Affair," "The Crown, The Rink and the Roses," "Best Foot Forward," "Any Wednesday" and "The Best Laid Plans." The versatile performer appeared in the television film "It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman."

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

A private funeral service is planned.



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