Kenneth Mars RIP

Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 01:44 pm
Kenneth Mars, an actor best known for his over-the-top performance as a German playwright in the original movie version of “The Producers,” died on Saturday at his home here. He was 75.


Sad news indeed. Kenneth (sometimes Kenny) Mars was famous for his roles in the Mel Brooks movies The Producers and Young Frankenstein, as well as a recurring role in the TV show Malcolm in the Middle. He played deranged Germans so often that it was easy to forget that he was born in Chicago.

"I must tell the birds!"

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Reply Tue 15 Feb, 2011 02:06 pm
Kenneth Mars was also a regular on "He and She" a sitcom with Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss.

Mars was hilarious as the German playwright in The Producers. Dustin Hoffman originally wanted to play that part for Mel Brooks, but then won a part opposite Anne Bancroft (the wife of Mel Brooks) in The Graduate.
Reply Wed 16 Feb, 2011 05:31 am
"Der Fuhrer, he vass qvite a guy. He could paint a room in 1 hour, 2 COATS"
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Reply Wed 16 Feb, 2011 05:43 am
I did not know his name before. RIP
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Reply Wed 16 Feb, 2011 06:56 am
I didn't recognize the name, but after checking out this thread, I certainly remember him!
He was Franz Liebkind, the author of Spring Time for Hilter! Very Happy
What a magnificent, outrageously hilarious performance that was.
If he didn't receive some award for that performance, he should have.
Sad to hear of his death.
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