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Seinfeld star Len Lesser dies at 88

Published 17/02/2011 | 02:17

Len Lesser, best known as Uncle Leo in the hit television show Seinfeld, has died
Len Lesser, best known as Uncle Leo in the hit television show Seinfeld, has died

Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, has died aged 88.

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Lesser's family said he died in Burbank, California, on Wednesday, from cancer-related pneumonia.

His lengthy list of US television credits included parts on Get Smart, That Girl, The Munsters, The Monkees, The Rockford Files, Thirtysomething, ER, and Everybody Loves Raymond, which featured Lesser in a recurring role as the arm-shaking Garvin.

His film credits included The Outlaw Josey Wales, Kelly's Heroes, Birdman Of Alcatraz and Death Hunt. He most recently appeared on the TV drama Castle.

He is survived by his two children and three grandchildren.

Lesser's daughter Michele said: "Heaven got a great comedian and actor today.

"The outpouring of sympathy we've already received has been amazing and is so greatly appreciated.

"Thank you to all the people who helped make my father's last journey special and surrounded with love."

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