|Died||February 12, 2011 (aged 75)|
|Other names||Ken Mars|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
Kenneth Mars (April 4, 1935 – February 12, 2011) was an American actor. He appeared in two Mel Brooks films: as the deranged Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in The Producers (1967) and Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kemp in Young Frankenstein (1974). He also appeared in Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up Doc? (1972), and Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987), and Shadows and Fog (1991).
Mars appeared in two seasons of Malcolm in the Middle as Otto Mannkusser, Francis's well-meaning but dimwitted boss and a German immigrant who owns a dude ranch. He voiced King Triton, Ariel's father, in the 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid and its sequel, as well as its companion television series, and the Kingdom Hearts series. He also did several other animated voice-over film roles such as Littlefoot's grandfather in the Land Before Time series (up to 2008) and that of Professor Screweyes in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993), and King Colbert (Prince Cornelius's father) in Thumbelina (1994).
Mars made his acting debut in 1962 as a book publisher on Car 54, Where Are You?. He later appeared on such television series as Gunsmoke, Get Smart, McMillan & Wife, Columbo, and The Bob Crane Show. He also appeared in dramatic roles such as Will Turner, a former FBI agent, in Warren Beatty's The Parallax View.
Mars played Harry Zarakartos on the Richard Benjamin-Paula Prentiss 1967 CBS-TV sitcom He & She. He was featured in a number of small roles in broadcasts such as the Misfits of Science pilot episode and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shadowplay". He was cast opposite Bette Davis in Hello Mother, Goodbye!, a 1973 television pilot aired by NBC but never picked up as a series. From 1970 to 1974, Mars guest starred in five episodes of Love, American Style, playing various characters.
In 1977, Mars became a series regular on both the Sha Na Na variety series and on Norman Lear's talk show parody Fernwood 2-Night in the memorable recurring role of eccentric William W.D. 'Bud' Prize, from Fernwood's Chamber of Commerce. He continued the role on America 2-Night in 1978. In 2001, Mars portrayed a comedic famous but washed-up photographer on Just Shoot Me. Before his death, his final television roles were Otto, the German dude ranch owner on Fox Broadcasting Company's Malcolm in the Middle, an appearance on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, and a reprise of his role as Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time television series.
In 1969, Mars portrayed a marshal trying to raise a posse to pursue Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, only to have his address to the townsfolk hijacked by a friendly bicycle salesman. Mars frequently played characters with exaggerated accents. He portrayed German characters in The Producers (1967) and Young Frankenstein (1974), and played a Croatian musicologist, Hugh Simon, in What's Up, Doc? (1972). His first broadly accented character was that of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in the 1962 Off-Broadway revival of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. He also appeared in the 1962 Broadway play The Affair.
In 1975, ABC/Dunhill released a comedy LP produced by Earl Doud, Henry the First, featuring Mars in a number of comedy bits as Henry Kissinger, including a cover version of the Bachman–Turner Overdrive song, "Takin' Care of Business".
Mars cultivated a lengthy voice acting career, launching it by voicing several characters on Uncle Croc's Block. He voiced the roles of Ariel's father King Triton in The Little Mermaid and in the video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II.
He voiced Littlefoot's Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time series of films and the spin-off television series, and the villainous Professor Screweyes in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. He played some minor roles on the popular radio show, Adventures in Odyssey. He played Sweet William in Fievel's American Tails, which took place after An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. He voiced characters on many animated television series, such as The Smurfs, The Biskitts, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, TaleSpin, and Animaniacs, as well as video games such as Fallout and Kingdom Hearts.
In 2008, Mars retired from acting after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years prior. His final performance was as Grandpa Longneck in the animated television series The Land Before Time.
Illness and death
In 2006, Mars was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had already spread beyond his pancreas. His cancer made him so ill that he could not reprise his role as King Triton for The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, so Jim Cummings took over the role. As well as not being able to voice Triton, he could not voice Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends (Littlefoot’s Grandpa does appear in the film, but has no lines) and couldn't return to reprise his role as Otto in season 6 of Malcolm in the Middle.
He died from the disease on February 12, 2011, at the age of 75.
|1963||Act One||Robert E. Sherwood|
|1967||The Producers||Franz Liebkind|
|1969||The April Fools||Les Hopkins|
|1969||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||Marshal|
|1969||Viva Max!||Dr. Sam Gillison|
|1971||Desperate Characters||Otto Bentwood|
|1972||What's Up, Doc?||Hugh Simon|
|1974||The Parallax View||Former FBI Agent Will|
|1974||Young Frankenstein||Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kemp|
|1979||The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again||Marhsal Woolly Bill Hitchcock|
|1981||Full Moon High||Coach Cleveland / Principal Cleveland|
|1989||The Little Mermaid||King Triton (voice)|
|1993||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story||Professor Screweyes (voice)|
|1994||The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1994||Thumbelina||King Colbert (voice)|
|1995||The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1996||Citizen Ruth||Dr. Charlie Rollins|
|1996||The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1996||Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie||Professor Van Trapp (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1997||The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1998||The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea||King Triton (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1975||Wonder Woman||Colonel Von Blasko||Episode: "The New Original Wonder Woman"|
|1981||The Facts of Life||Mr. Harris||Episode: "Gossip"|
|1987–1990||DuckTales||Vulcan (voice)||Episodes: "Maid of the Myth" and "A DuckTales Valentine (Amour or Less)"|
|1990–1991||TaleSpin||Heimlich Menudo / Buzz (voices)||3 episodes|
|1992||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Moisha Lowkowitz (voice)||Credited as Ken Mars|
Episode: "If It's Doomsday, This Must Be Belfast"
|1995||Diagnosis Murder||Walter Carstairs||Episode: "How to Murder Your Lawyer"|
|1996||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Grant Gendell||Episode : "Bob and Carol and Lois and Clark"|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||Mr. Tinsley||Episode: "Hello/Goodbye"|
|1997||The Naked Truth||Judge||Episode: "The Truth"|
|1997–1998||Life with Louie||The Mayor / Priest / Rabbi / Doctor (voices)||4 episodes|
|1997||Police Academy: The Series||Dr. Otis P. Quackenbush||Episode: "Les Is More"|
|1998||Godzilla: The Series||Dr. Alexander Preloran (voice)||Episode: "Leviathan"|
|2002–2004||Malcolm in the Middle||Otto Mannkusser||25 episodes|
|2004||Oliver Beene||Carl the Super||Episode: "Fallout"|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Gunter the Innkeeper||Episode: "School Bully"|
|2007–2008||The Land Before Time||Grandpa Longneck (voice)||9 episodes|
- Gunsmoke (1967) Robber Clyde Hayes
- The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968-1970, TV series) as Joshua T. Albertson / Ellsworth Gordon (2 episodes)
- He & She (1967–1968, TV series) as Harry Zarakartos
- Guess Who's Sleeping in My Bed? (1973, TV series) as Mitchell Bernard
- The New Original Wonder Woman (pilot) (1975, TV series) as Colonel Oberst Von Blasko (1 episode)
- It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1975, TV special) as Max Mencken
- Fernwood 2 Night (1977, TV series) as William W.D. "Bud" Prize (8 episodes)
- Baa Baa Black Sheep (1977, TV series) as Harold French
- America 2-Night (1978, TV series) as William W.D. "Bud" Prize
- Goin' Coconuts (1978) as Kruse
- Heaven Only Knows (1979, TV series)
- The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) as Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock
- Carol Burnett & Company (1979, TV series)
- Hart to Hart (1980, TV series)
- Full Moon High (1981) as Coach Cleveland / Principal Cleveland
- Yellowbeard (1983) as Mr. Crisp / Verdugo
- The Biskitts (1983) as King Max
- The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (1983) as Orson Kane
- Prince Jack (1984) as Lyndon B. Johnson
- Protocol (1984) as Lou
- Fletch (1985) as Stanton Boyd
- Beer (1985) as Adolphe Norbecker
- Misfits of Science (TV) (1985) as Sen. Donner
- The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986) as Walt / Vultor the Buzzard (voice)
- Radio Days (1987) as Rabbi Baumel
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991, TV series) as Dogcatcher Ghost (voice)
- For Keeps? (1988) as Mr. Bobrucz
- Illegally Yours (1988) as Hal B. Keeler
- Rented Lips (1988) as Rev. Farrell
- The Smurfs (1989, TV series, voice)
- Get Smart, Again! (1989, TV series) as Cmdr. Drury
- Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) as The Mayor / The Mastermind
- Tiny Toon Adventures (1990, TV series) as Flavio (voice) (episode: "Hollywood Plucky")
- Timeless Tales from Hallmark (1991)
- Darkwing Duck (1991, TV series) as Tuskernini (voice)
- Shadows and Fog (1991) as Armstead the Magician
- A Different World (1992) as Homeless Man
- Fievel's American Tails (1992, TV series) as Sweet William
- The Little Mermaid (1992-1994, TV series) as King Triton (voice)
- We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) as Professor Screweyes (voice)
- Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (1993) as Dr. Wally Gilbert Kenrousch (voice)
- Bonkers (1993, TV series) as Gloomy (voice)
- Animaniacs (1993, TV series) as Ludwig van Beethoven (voice)
- Batman: The Animated Series (1994, TV series) as Richard (voice)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) as Colyus
- Thumbelina (1994) as King Colbert (voice)
- The Land Before Time series (II-XIII) (1994-2008) as Littlefoot’s Grandpa (voice)
- Freakazoid! (1995, TV series) as Dr. Gunter Hunter Hanker (voice)
- Batman: The Animated Series (1995, TV series) as M2 (voice)
- The Drew Carey Show (1997, TV series) as Mr. Tinsley
- Fallout (1997, Video Game) as Vault 13 Overseer (voice)
- Godzilla: The Series (1998, TV series) as Dr. Alexander Preloran (voice)
- The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000) as King Triton (voice)
- Becker (2001, TV series) as Melvin
- Just Shoot Me (2001, TV series) as Horst
- Kingdom Hearts (2002) as King Triton (voice)
- Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002) as Gene Molinari
- Kingdom Hearts II (2006, Video Game) as King Triton (voice)
- Henry the First (1974) - Henry Kissinger
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- "Kenneth Mars obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. February 15, 2011.
- Profile, chicagotribune.com; accessed June 27, 2015.
- "Kenneth Mars". TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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