Comedy star Kenneth Mars bows out
Comic actor Kenneth Mars - who starred in two Mel Brooks classics - has died aged 75.
Mars played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in The Producers and a police inspector with a rogue false arm in Young Frankenstein.
He died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday at his home in Grenada Hills, California.
In Brooks's 1968 romp The Producers, Mars co-starred as Franz Liebkind, a Nazi enthusiast whose play, Springtime For Hitler, is the basis for a scheme by two conniving showmen to fleece investors by putting on a surefire Broadway flop.
Farce Brooks cast Mars again in 1974's Young Frankenstein as the earnest policeman poking around the castle grounds on the trail of a mad scientist's monster.
In both films, Chicagoborn Mars demonstrated his talent for vocal farce, lending over-the-top German accents to the characters.
Mars's nearly 50-year career included a long list of voice credits, including The Little Mermaid, The Jetsons and The Land Before Time. He is survived by two daughters... http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/2011/02/16/comedy-star-kenneth-mars-bows-out-86908-22927251/