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Ian Abercrombie

Highest Rated:   87% Rango (2011)
Lowest Rated:   0% Firewalker (1986)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
87% 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 Blasphemy
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Blasphemy
  • Actor
2001
17% Wild Wild West
  • British Dignitary
1999
43% Mouse Hunt
  • Auctioneer
1997
53% 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
78% Addams Family Values
  • Driver
1993
72% Army of Darkness
  • Wiseman
1993
No Score Yet Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000
  • Professor Dorn
1993
64% 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
0% 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
25% Sextette
  • Rex Ambrose
1978
No Score Yet Fantasy Island
  • Bartender
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • Victor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Rupert Cavanaugh
  • 2006
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Aramis
  • 2004
No Score Yet Birds of Prey
2002-2003
  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Abbot Milo
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Germans' boss
  • 1998
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Justin Pitt Mr. Pitt Pitt
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Correlilmurzon
  • 1995
No Score Yet Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2008-2014
  • Actor
  • Voice

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