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Actor Barney Martin, Seinfeld's dad, march 21
Barney Martin, a former New York City cop who went into show business and became best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father Morty on the comedian's hit television series Seinfeld, died on Monday, March 21, 2005, at his Studio City, Calif., home. He was 82. Martin served as a navigator in the Air Force during World War II before starting a 20-year career as a New York City police detective. In the 1950s, he began writing on the side for comedy shows such as Name That Tune and The Steve Allen Show. Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in The Producers and was credited with creating the role of Roxy's unappreciated husband, Amos Hart, in the musical Chicago. In Seinfeld, Martin was the third actor to play the part of Seinfeld's father and became the one most identified with the role of the Florida retiree.
March 24, 2005