‘Seinfeld’ Actor Len Lesser Dies At 88

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 17, 2011

Veteran actor of NBC’s former hit comedy series ‘Seinfeld’, Len Lesser, 88, is dead, according to the Associated Press. Lesser played the role of Uncle Leo. Lesser died in Burbank, Calif. at his home from a cancer-related pneumonia. In a statement, Lesser’s daughter, Michele Lesser, said, “Heaven got a great comedian and actor today. … Thank you to all the people who helped make my father’s last journey special, and surrounded with love. The doctors, nurses, and staff have been outstanding, and Dad was in phenomenal hands. His passing was peaceful, with great dignity, and surrounded by those who loved him dearly.”

PHOTOS: Screen captures of Len Lesser on the set of Seinfeld

In addition to his widely known role on ‘Seinfeld,’ Lesser appeared on many other television series over the course of his 60-year career, including ‘Get Smart,’ ‘That Girl,’ ‘The Munsters,’ ‘The Monkees,’ ‘thirtysomething,’ ‘ER’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ His most recent TV appearance was on TV drama ‘Castle.’ Lesser also appeared in a handful of movies including ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’ and ‘Death Hunt.’

The actor is survived by his daughter, Michele; son, David; daughter-in-law, Julie; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Kayla and Mayah.

Photos: Forgot Len Lesser on Seinfeld? View screenshots of him during scenes of the series

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