|Born||11 September 1934|
Grays, Essex, England
|Died||26 January 2012 (aged 77)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
He played Alfred Pennyworth on Birds of Prey, Justin Pitt (Elaine Benes's boss) during the sixth season of Seinfeld, Rupert Cavanaugh (Ian Hainsworth's butler) in Desperate Housewives, Professor Crumbs in Wizards of Waverly Place, and Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Abercrombie was born on 11 September 1934 in Grays, Essex, England. He began his theatrical career during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in stage dancing, he performed in London, Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands. He moved to the United States at age 17.
He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards and Jules Munshin. Many plays in summer stock, regional, and off-Broadway followed in a variety of theatrical offerings, from revues to Shakespeare (in a particularly low period, he worked as a magician's assistant for $10 a performance).
In the United States, he went to California for a backers' audition, which went nowhere, but he began a long film and television career. He received awards[clarification needed] for his work in Sweet Prince with Keir Dullea; Teeth 'N'smiles; A Doll's House with Linda Purl; and The Arcata Promise, opposite Anthony Hopkins. He received acclaim for the one-man show Jean Cocteau—A Mirror Image.
Abercrombie was known to cult film audiences as Wiseman in the comedy horror film Army of Darkness (1993). He guest-starred on many television series such as Seinfeld, The Nanny, Wizards of Waverly Place, Airwolf, Babylon 5 and NewsRadio.
On radio, he was heard in several productions of the Hollywood Theater of the Ear. Abercrombie voiced Ambrose in Oscar-nominated Rango (2011). He also portrayed Ganthet on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, completing his work on the latest episode of Cartoon Network show just before his death.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Abercrombie voiced Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the 2008 film The Clone Wars, the television continuation, and two spin-off video games (Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels). Supervising director Dave Filoni said that Ian was very excited that Darth Sidious finally was going to be seen in person and not as a hologram anymore; during Celebration VI, Filoni also mentioned that before his death, Ian did record for most of Season Five as the character, but did not finish, so actor Tim Curry was brought in to voice Palpatine. However, Abercrombie also voiced the character in the Clovis story arc of the Lost Missions (Season Six) since it was originally a part of the Season Four, and later the Season Five, line-up. Thus, it was finished before his death. This was his final released work both on the series and in his life, shown in 2014. He was honored with a message of "In memory of Ian Abercrombie" at the beginning of Season 5, Episode 16 "The Lawless".
Star Wars Celebration VI included the panel "Vocal Stars of The Clone Wars", hosted by James Arnold Taylor and featuring cast members Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker and Tom Kane. The cast dedicated the panel to Abercrombie. Additionally, The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless" includes a dedication to Abercrombie in the opening titles.
|1974||Young Frankenstein||Second Villager||Uncredited|
|1977–1983||Fantasy Island||McShane / Inspector Lestrade / Bartender||3 episodes|
|1978||Battlestar Galactica||Forger 7|
|1979||The Prisoner of Zenda||Johann|
|1984||The Ice Pirates||Hymie|
|1986||Last Resort||Maître d'|
|1987||It's Garry Shandling's Show||Himself|
|1990||Tales from the Crypt||Fulton||Episode: "The Switch"|
|1990||The Flash||Ghost Henchman||Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"|
|1991||Puppet Master III||Dr. Hess|
|1992||Twin Peaks||Tom Brockman|
|1992||The Public Eye||Mr. Brown|
|1993||Army of Darkness||Wiseman|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Driver|
|1994||Babylon 5||Correlilmurzon||Episode: "Acts of Sacrifice"|
|1994–1998||Seinfeld||Justin Pitt||7 episodes|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Butler|
|1997–2002||Days of Our Lives||Hotel Manager/Jeweller/Mr. Simkins/Lawyer||4 episodes|
|1998||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Old Man/German boss||Episode: "Homecoming"|
|1998||Beyond_Belief: Fact or Fiction||Emile||Season 2 Episode 7|
|1999-2000||Star Trek: Voyager||Abbot / Milo||Episodes: "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Spirit Folk"|
|2000||Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman||Psychiatrist||Direct-to-video|
|2002||James Bond 007: Nightfire||Alexander Mayhew (voice)||Video game|
|2002-2003||Birds of Prey||Alfred Pennyworth||14 Episodes|
|2004||Charmed||Aramis (member of The Tribunal)||Season 6 Episode 19: "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors"|
|2004||RalliSport Challenge 2||Narrator||Video Game|
|2005||Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School||Evrin Sezgin|
|2005||Area 51||Dr. Cray (voice)||Video Game|
|2005||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||F (voice)||Episode: "Scythe 2.0"|
|2005||Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None||Thomas Rogers / General Mackenzie (voice)||Video Game |
Based on the novel of the same name.
|2006||The Batman||Ewan (voice)||Episode: "The Icy Depths"|
|2006||Inland Empire||Henry the Butler|
|2006||Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Smithee|
|2007–2012||Wizards of Waverly Place||Professor Crumbs||Unknown episodes|
|2008||How I Met Your Mother||Benjamin Franklin||Season 3 Episode 17: "The Goat"|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious (voice)|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels||Darth Sidious (voice)||Video Game|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes||Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious (voice)||Videogame|
|2008–2014||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||29 Episodes |
His death is honored at the beginning of the episode "The Lawless" – S5E16.
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Butler||Episode: "Run, Dr. Lola Spratt, Run"|
|2011||Happily Divorced||Victor||Episode: "Spousal Support"|
|2011-2013||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Ganthet (voice)||5 Episodes |
His death is honored at the end of the episode "Regime Change" – S1E10.
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- "Ian Abercrombie". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- Barnes, Mike (27 January 2012). "Ian Abercrombie, Elaine's Boss on 'Seinfeld', Dies at 77". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- Minovitz, Ethan (28 January 2012). "Ian Abercrombie, 77, was boss Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- Krome Studios (6 October 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent.
- "Ian Abercrombie - 12 Character Images".
- Ian Abercrombie on IMDb
- Ian Abercrombie at the TCM Movie Database
- Ian Abercrombie at AllMovie
- Ian Abercrombie at Find a Grave
- Ian Abercrombie at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)