'Seinfeld's' Uncle Leo Dies at 88


Feb. 17 2011, Published 6:02 a.m. ET

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Actor Len Lesser -- best known for his hilarious role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld  -- died Wednesday in Burbank, California, is reporting.

Lesser died of pneumonia related to cancer, according to his daughter Michele.  He was 88.

In all, Lesser appeared in 15  Seinfeld' episodes, beginning with the second season episode titled "The Pony Remark.'' In addition, he appeared in more than 50 films and hundreds of television shows and had an extensive stage career.

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Among his many TV roles, Lesser also had a recurring  part  on Everybody Loves Raymond.  His other television credits include Get Smart, That Girl, The Munsters, The Monkees, The Rockford Files, Bonanza,' Kojak, thirtysomething,'  ER, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.'

Lesser appeared in the films The Outlaw Josey Wales, Kelly's Heroes, Birdman of Alcatraz and Death Hunt.

In addition to his daughter, Lesser is survived by a son, David, and three grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held, along with a public memorial service on a date to be announced.



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