Kenneth Mars, who played Hitler-loving playwright in Mel Brooks' "The Producers," has died.

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"Kenneth Mars, a Mel Brooks collaborator who played a Hitler-worshipping playwright in The Producers and an earnest police inspector with a malfunctioning artificial arm in Young Frankenstein, has died. He was 75."
(SF Gate via Submitterator, thanks Jack)


  1. I hadn’t realized that he was the one playing both characters. His approach, especially as the police inspector, had such an element of precise mathematics of movement.

  2. Also was the voice of King Triton, Ariel’s father, in “The Little Mermaid.” God I love the entertainment industry. Ken, we’ll miss you.

  3. Kenneth Mars first referred to the musical as “Springtime For You-Know-Who”, and I immediately thought “Springtime For Voldemort”. So, I googled “Springtime For Voldemort” and got seven thousand results. Boy! Original humor is hard.

  4. He was at his most hilarious improvising up a storm on Fernwood 2Nite with Martin Mull and Fred Willard in the late 1970’s.

    1. What a great performance! I loved him in that movie. The song they sing at 3:36 is Du, Du Leigst Mir im Herzen. Now where do I pick up my internets?

    1. That’s one of my favorite movies, and definitely one of Kenneth’s Mars’ best (and often under-appreciated) roles.

      “Oversimplifying? You accuse me of oversimplifying? I NEVER oversimplify!!”

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