Image Credit: Everett CollectionKenneth Mars, the actor who played two of Mel Brooks’ nuttiest cinematic characters, has died of pancreatic cancer, according to the New York Times. He was 75. Mars had been on Broadway and appeared in several hit TV shows (Get Smart, Gunsmoke) when he was cast as the Hitler-worshiping playwright in Brooks’ 1968 comedy, The Producers. Six years later, he was Transylvania’s one-armed, eye-patch-wearing police inspector who leads the rioting townspeople against the monster (Peter Boyle) in Young Frankenstein.
Mars also appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Parallax View, and two Woody Allen films, among countless other credits. In recent years, he’d voiced many animated characters (such as King Triton in The Little Mermaid) and had a recurring role on the TV series, Malcolm in the Middle.