Marty Ingels

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Marty Ingels
Marty Ingels I'm Dickens He's Fenster 1962.jpg
Ingels in I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962)
Born Martin Ingerman
(1936-03-09)March 9, 1936
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died October 21, 2015(2015-10-21) (aged 79)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Cause of death Stroke
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian, comedy sketch writer, theatrical agent
Years active 1958–2015
Spouse(s)
Jean Marie Frassinelli
(m. 1964; div. 1966)

Shirley Jones
(m. 1977; his death 2015)

Martin Ingerman (March 9, 1936 – October 21, 2015), known professionally as Marty Ingels, was an American actor, comedian, comedy sketch writer and theatrical agent, who is best known as the co-star of the 1960s television series I'm Dickens, He's Fenster and for voicing Pac-Man in the 1982 Hanna-Barbera animated television series of the same name.

Early life[edit]

Ingels was born Martin Ingerman to a Jewish family in 1936 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City,[1] the son of Jacob and Minnie (née Crown) Ingerman.[2] His uncle was Abraham Beame, the mayor of New York City from 1974 to 1977.[3]

Career[edit]

Ingels' acting career dates back to the early 1960s. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama, Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood, California. He had his own short-lived ABC television series, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962–63) with John Astin, which lasted one season of thirty-two episodes.[4]

He guest-starred on the CBS sitcoms: Pete and Gladys, The Ann Sothern Show, and Hennesey. He also appeared in one episode of ABC's Bewitched as "Diaper Dan", who plants a microphone bug in Tabitha's rattle so a competing advertising agency can scoop and steal Darrin's ideas. He appeared twice as Sol Pomeroy, a United States Army buddy of the character Rob Petrie, on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1978, Ingels guest starred in Season Two, Episode One of The Love Boat.[4]

His voice-overs and commercials include those for Paul Masson wines, with his uniquely raspy voice. He played Autocat in the Motormouse and Autocat cartoons featured first on The Cattanooga Cats and then in a series of their own, and was Beegle Beagle in The Great Grape Ape Show. He appeared in Pac-Man (1982) as the title character. As recently as 2010, Ingels was cast in an episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[4]

He also acted in films, including Armored Command (1961), The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962), Wild and Wonderful (1964), The Busy Body (1967), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), For Singles Only (1968), The Picasso Summer (1969), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), Linda Lovelace for President (1975), and Instant Karma (1990). Beginning in the 1970s, Ingels worked primarily as an agent, specializing in representing actors in celebrity endorsement ads.[5]

Personal life and death[edit]

Ingels was married twice; first to Jean Marie Frassinelli in 1964, the marriage lasted for only two years until they divorced in 1966. He later married singer and actress Shirley Jones on November 13, 1977, despite some drastically different personalities and several separations (Shirley filed, then withdrew, and later had a divorce petition in 2002) the couple remained married until his death in 2015.[5]

Ingels died from a massive stroke at Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on October 21, 2015, at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife, Shirley Jones, and his stepsons.[6] After Ingels' death, Jones stated "He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core."[7]

Legal issues[edit]

Ingels was also known for frequent legal actions, so much that in his obituary in The New York Times Margalit Fox wrote: "[Ingels] always seemed to be suing someone, and someone always seemed to be suing him".[8]

In 1993, Ingels sued actress June Allyson for his agency commission. Allyson had appeared in commercials for Depend, and Ingels alleged he was not paid his proper commission as her agent. Allyson denied wrongdoing and countersued. Ingels pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls to Allyson.[5]

In 2003, he sued radio personality Tom Leykis and Westwood One, saying that comments made about him constituted age discrimination. Ingels had called into Leykis's radio program objecting to the content, and Leykis declared on the air that Ingels was "not just older than my demographic, you’re the grandfather of my demographic.[9] In June 2005, Ingels's lawsuit was dismissed and Ingels was ordered to pay Leykis's $25,000 in legal fees.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Phil Silvers Show Navy Cook Episode: "Bilko Jones the Navy"
1960 Peter Loves Mary Joey Vaughn Episode: "Peter Joins a Committee"
Dan Raven Benny 2 episodes
1960–1962 Hennesey Patient / Waiter 4 episodes
1961 Manhunt Episode: "The Death Trap"
The Ann Sothern Show Erskine Wild Episode: "Always April"
The Aquanauts Waiter Episode: "The Tidal Wave Adventure"
The Law and Mr. Jones Tony Episode: "The Broken Hand"
Armored Command Pinhead
The Detectives Lazarus Episode: "Tobey's Place
Pete and Gladys Man Episode: "Eyewitness"
Follow the Sun Georgie Episode: "The Girl from the Brandenburg Gate"
1961–1962 The Dick Van Dyke Show Sol Pomeroy 2 episodes
1962 The Joey Bishop Show Freddy Episode: "Once a Bachelor"
1962–1963 I'm Dickens, He's Fenster Arch Fenster 32 episodes
1964 Duncan Be Careful TV Movie
Burke's Law Wally Episode: "Who Killed Madison Cooper?"
Wild and Wonderful Doc Bailey
1966 The Addams Family Dr. Marvin P. Gunderson Episode: "Cat Addams"
Bewitched Dan Episode: "Dangerous Diaper Dan"
1967 The Busy Body Willie
The Phyllis Diller Show Norman Krump 7 episodes
A Guide for the Married Man Technical Adviser (Meat Eater)
Good Morning, World Jimmy Episode: "Knits to You, Sir"
1968 Kiss Me Kate Gangster TV Movie
For Singles Only Archibald Baldwin
1969 The Picasso Summer Man at Party
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Bert Greenfield
Motormouse and Autocat Autocat (voice)
1969–1971 Cattanooga Cats Autocat (voice)
1971 The Partners Eddie Polaski
1972 Banacek Marty Ingels Episode: "Let's Hear It for a Living Legend"
1973 The Rookies Master of Ceremonies Episode: "Down Home Boy"
1973–1974 Adam-12 Siphoner / David Harwood 2 episodes
1974 How to Seduce a Woman Jim
1975 Linda Lovelace for President Ronald Trixie
The Great Grape Ape Show Beegle Beagle (voice)
The New Tom & Jerry Show Beegle Beagle (voice)
The Ghost Busters Billy the Kid Episode: "They Went Thataway"
1975–1976 Police Story Howie / Marty Abbott 2 episodes
1977 Chips Sidney Episode: "Hustle"
1978 The Love Boat Joe Nash Episode: "The Man Who Loved Women/A Different Girl/Oh, My Aching Brother"
1979 Family Gip Goddard Episode: "Going Straight"
1982–1983 Pac-Man Pac-Man, Sir Chomp-A-Lot (voices) 42 episodes
1982 Christmas Comes to Pac-Land Pac-Man (voice)
1990 The Munsters Today Ivan Episode: "Never Say Die"
Instant Karma Jon Clark
1990–1991 Murder, She Wrote Joe Gelardi / Seymour Densch 2 episodes
1991 The New Adam-12 Mr. Edwards Episode: "Crack House
What a Dummy Leonard Episode: "The Vacation That Never Was"
1991–1992 Darkwing Duck The Devil (voice) 2 episodes
1992 The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them
Round Numbers Al Schweitzer
1995 Burke's Law Christopher Kohl Episode: "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?"
Deadly Games Hank Episode: "One Mean Mother"
1997 Baywatch Prospector Episode: "Eel Nino"
1998 Walker, Texas Ranger Murray Episode: "Crusader"
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Hathi (voice)
1999 Kartenspieler Max
2003 Down the Barrel Richard Chainey
2006 Z-Squad Butler (voice) Episode: "Pilot"
ER Mr. Gallagher Episode: "Heart of the Matter"
2007 Chasing Robert Porn Shop Manager
2008 Wednesday Again Xander
Parasomnia Mr. Boudreau Uncredited
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marty Felnick Episode: "Meat Jekyll"
2013 A Strange Brand of Happy Mack
New Girl Pickled Patron Episode: "The Box"
2014 Burt Paxton: Private Detective Grandpa
2015 Promoted Murray Silver Final role
The Middle Ages Pop-pop / Richard / Willy 3 episodes
Final roles

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1997 Zork: Grand Inquisitor Griff

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jones, Shirley; Ingels, Marty; Herskowitz, Mickey (1990). Shirley and Marty: An Unlikely Love Story. New York: William Morrow & Company. ISBN 0-688-08457-5.

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