Kenneth Mars, Comedic and Voice Actor, 1935 – 2011
Actor Kenneth Mars, beloved voice and character actor, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday in Granada Hills, California. He was 75.
Best known among the general public for his live action roles in Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Young Frankenstein, Mars was also a prolific voice actor for cartoons and video games, famously portraying the mer-monarch Triton in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a role he reprised in the spinoff TV series, direct-to-video sequels, and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts game series. He also played Grandpa Longneck in the Land Before Time TV show and in films two through twelve, along with roles in other classic TV toons including TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, Rugrats and many more.
More recently, he appeared as the daffy German ranch owner Otto Mannkusser in Malcolm in the Middle. He is survived by two daughters and six grandchildren.