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Character Actor Kenneth Mars Dies at 75

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Kenneth Mars
Kenneth Mars
Character actor Kenneth Mars has died of pancreatic cancer, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. He was 75.

On Broadway, Mars appeared in The Affair, Any Wednesday, and The Best Laid Plans.

His film credits include iconic roles in two Mel Brooks' movies: Young Frankenstein, in which he played Inspector Kemp, and The Producers, in which he originated the role of Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind. Among his many other films are What's Up Doc?, Radio Days, Shadows and Fog, and Desperate Characters.

In addition, he had recurring roles on such television series as Malcolm in the Middle, Fernwood Tonight, and America Tonight.

He is survived by two daughters, as well as six grandchildren.

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