“Professor Crumbs” Ian Abercrombie Wizards of Waverly Place dies at 77

Ian Abercrombie, a busy character actor who gained recognition as Elaine Benes’ (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) eccentric boss Mr. Pitt on NBC’s Seinfeld, died Thursday in Hollywood. He was 77.

Abercrombie seemed to be always working, appearing in scores of films, TV shows and theater productions during his 50-year-plus career in show business. The British actor made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 opposite Jason Robards, played the Wise Man in Sam Raimi’s comedy-horror film Army of Darkness (1972)

and was 800-year-old wizard Professor Crumbs on Disney Channel hit Wizards of Waverly Place.

Abercrombie also had a recurring role as Palpatine/Darth Sidious on George Lucas’ animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, did voice work on animation hit Rango this year and, just before his death, completed his work on the latest episode of the Green Lantern animated series for Cartoon Network.

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16 thoughts on ““Professor Crumbs” Ian Abercrombie Wizards of Waverly Place dies at 77

  1. dear web site , hi my name is david conway and my comments to here is that ,just give my condolles just to walt disney prodction company please , im so sorry for this actor who die , i know that i do,nt know him presonal , but i do feel sorry for his last day there just at wowp tv studio , i do al,so feel that david henrie should do one , 1 hour episode in wizards of waverly place , just to deadcate this guy that died ,,, love david b conway

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