January 4th, 2011
Bill Erwin, an actor best known for his role on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” died on December 29 in Studio City. California. He was 96.
According to Hollywood Reporter, he died of age-related causes.
Erwin, who got an Emmy nod for playing the character named Sid Fields on “Seinfeld,” was also known for playing Arthur the Bellman in the movie “Somewhere In Time” in 1980. The film was a romantic drama that starred Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. He also appeared in several television commercials.
Aside from being a screen actor, Erwin was also a stage actor. He worked on Broadway, at the Laguna Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and Theater 40 in Beverly Hills. He is survived by his sister Mary Gene Cosper; his four children Mike, Timothy, Lindsey and Kelly; and eight grandchildren.
Bill Erwin, a character actor best known for playing an irascible old man on a “Seinfeld” episode, has died of natural causes aged 96.
He died December 29 in the Los Angeles suburb of Studio City, coincidentally near the old “Seinfeld” production lot. Erwin received an Emmy nomination for his turn as Sid Fields, an embittered man whom Jerry Seinfeld’s character volunteers to look after – but then loses – in an episode involving flying dentures, a giant goitre and a Senegalese housekeeper.
He also played Arthur the Bellman in the 1980 film “Somewhere in Time,” a time-traveling romantic drama starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Erwin returned many times to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., the film’s setting, to participate in annual fan celebrations.
The Texas native had a long career on stage, working on Broadway and locally in southern California. Among his numerous TV commercials was a Dreyer’s Ice Cream spot in which he played an old man notified by his wife that “Dessert’s ready, it’s Dreyer’s Ice Cream.” That prompted Erwin’s chair-bound character to leap up and break dance.
He was also a self-taught cartoonist whose work was published in the New Yorker, Playboy and Los Angeles magazine. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren.
Bill Erwin was born on December 2nd, 1914 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Erwin
December 2nd, 1914
12 + 2 +1+9+1+4 = 29 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Self-confidence. Self-assurance. Coordination. Adept. Skills. Talents. Competence. Expertise. Specialty. Combine. Teamwork. Cooperation. Duo. Collaborate. Collaboration. Participation. Participant.