Ian Abercrombie

Highest Rated: 88% Rango (2011)
Lowest Rated: 0% Blood Beach (1981)
Birthday: Sep 11, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
Ian Abercrombie achieved broadest recognition in the mid-'90s for his work in character roles, principally stuffy upper-crust types, including Mr. Pitt, Elaine's employer on Seinfeld, Alfred the butler in the series Birds of Prey, and the staid auctioneer in the climactic sequence of Mouse Hunt. Abercrombie was born in 1936 to a working-class English family, and he showed a natural interest in performing from an early age, taking up tap dancing as a boy. At 17, he left for New York and pursued the beginnings of a career on stage -- among his early engagements, he appeared in a 1955 production of Stalag 17 starring Jason Robards Jr., and he understudied Roddy McDowall in a stock production of Bell, Book and Candle that also starred Maria Riva, the daughter of Marlene Dietrich. He did a short stint in the army, in Special Services, where he directed plays as well as acting in them. A trip to California for a production of a play about W.C. Fields that never materialized ended up putting Abercrombie into movies, and over the next few years he played small roles in pictures like Von Ryan's Express, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, The Molly Maguires, and Young Frankenstein, as well as leading parts in theatrical productions of The Vortex and Crucifer of Blood. Abercrombie was working steadily for most of the 1980s and beyond, appearing in such movies as Army of Darkness, Wild Wild West, and The Lost World. It was with his portrayal on Seinfeld of Mr. Pitt -- lovably eccentric and just sufficiently full of himself to put Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Elaine on the defensive -- that Abercrombie became an actor whose name and face were remembered by the general public. He remained active on prime time television portraying Alfred the butler in the Warner Bros. television series Birds of Prey, while also doing a huge amount of voice-over and radio work, as well as a one-man show entitled Jean Cocteau -- A Mirror Image. Back on the big screen, Ambercrombie could be spotted in both the family comedy Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties and David Lynch's Inland Empire in 2006. Abercrombie died of kidney failure at age 77 in early 2012, not long after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Highest Rated Movies



88% Rango Ambrose $123.2M 2011
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars Palpatine $35.1M 2008
72% Inland Empire Henry the Butler 2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Smithee $28.3M 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Evrin Sezgin $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Hard Four Actor 2005
No Score Yet When Puppets and Dolls Attack! Actor 2005
No Score Yet Puppet Master: The Legacy Actor 2003
No Score Yet Blasphemy Actor 2003
No Score Yet Blasphemy Actor 2001
17% Wild Wild West British Dignitary 1999
42% Mouse Hunt Auctioneer 1997
54% The Lost World - Jurassic Park Butler 1997
No Score Yet A Face to Die For Mr. Victor Staretski 1996
No Score Yet Rattled Remsen 1996
No Score Yet Grief Stanley 1994
19% Clean Slate Leader 1994
74% Addams Family Values Driver 1993
72% Army of Darkness Wiseman 1993
No Score Yet Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 Professor Dorn 1993
63% The Public Eye Mr. Brown 1992
No Score Yet Flash III: Deadly Nightshade Actor 1992
No Score Yet Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Dr. Hess 1991
33% Zandalee Louie Medina 1991
53% Warlock 1st Magistrate 1991
No Score Yet Catacombs Brother Orsini 1988
8% Firewalker Boggs 1986
No Score Yet Last Resort Maitre d' 1986
No Score Yet Kicks Barnes 1985
9% The Ice Pirates Hymie 1984
0% Blood Beach Man in Mayor's Office 1981
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda Johann 1979
18% Sextette Rex Ambrose 1978
No Score Yet Fantasy Island Bartender 1977


50% Happily Divorced
  • 2011
No Score Yet Wizards of Waverly Place
Headmaster Crumbs Prof. Crumbs Professor Crumbs
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
22% Moonlight
Richard Whitley
  • 2007
66% Desperate Housewives
Rupert Cavanaugh
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charmed
  • 2004
52% Birds of Prey
Alfred Pennyworth
  • 2003
  • 2002
77% Star Trek: Voyager
Abbot Milo
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
George George Taylor
  • 1999
  • 1997
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Germans' boss
  • 1998
89% Seinfeld
Justin Pitt Mr. Pitt Pitt
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Babylon 5
  • 1995
No Score Yet Blossom
Stage Director
  • 1995
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
Prof. Willendorf
  • 1994
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
Privy Councilor
  • 1994
No Score Yet Empty Nest
Capt. Burke
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Dr. Blandings
  • 1987
97% Moonlighting
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
  • 1985
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
  • 1981
33% Battlestar Galactica
  • 1978
No Score Yet Get Smart
Sgt. Poole
  • 1970
94% Star Wars: The Clone Wars
No Score Yet War and Remembrance
Vice Adm. Rodney


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