Philip Bruns, Seinfeld's Original TV Dad and Acting Veteran, Dies
Philip Bruns, the veteran character actor whose main claim to fame was originating the role of Jerry Seinfeld's dad in the first season of “Seinfeld,” has passed away.
He was 80.
According to Playbill, Bruns died of natural causes on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
During his five-decade career, the actor was a television mainstay. After making his tube debut on an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater, Bruns appeared in such classic series as “Car 54 Where Are You?” and Jackie Gleason's variety show, “Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine,” in addition to roles in “Route 66” and “Here's Lucy.”
In the 1970s and 1980s he seemed to be everywhere.
Bruns played the father of the title character in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and landed guest stints on “Kojak,” “Barney Miller,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Colombo,” “Sanford and Son,” “Air Wolf,” “Night Court,” “Amazing Stories,” and “Mr. Belvedere.”