Barney Martin


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barney Martin, a former New York City detective who went into show business and became best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father Morty on the comedian's hit television series, has died. He was 82.

Martin died of cancer Monday at his Studio City home, according to his publicist, Jennifer Glassman.

Born March 3, 1923, in the New York City borough of Queens, Martin served as a nav igator in the Air Force during World War II before starting a 20-year career as a New York City police detective.

Martin showed a talent for making deputy police commissioners laugh during presentations. In the 1950s, he began writing on the side for comedy shows such as "Name That Tune" and "The Steve Allen Show."

Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in "The Producers" in 1968. That role launched Martin into Broadway theater, where he appeared in several musicals, including "South Pacific," "The Fantasticks," All American" and "How Now Dow Jones."

He is credited with creating the role of Roxy's unappreciated husband, Amos Hart, in the musical "Chicago."

Martin also appeared in several television series in the 1990s, including "The Tony Randall Show," "US," "Sydney" and "Zorro and Son."

In "Seinfeld," Martin was the third actor to play the part of Seinfeld's father and became the one most identified with the role of the Florida retiree.

He said at the show's wrap party in 1998: "Playing Jerry's dad was like having whipped cream on top of a mountain of ice cream."

He is survived by his wife and son. A daughter died in 2002 of cancer.

Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press

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I ran into Barney in Lexington, KY while he was playing in a Golf tournament to raise money for cancer. I thought I knew him and gave him a big hello and said how nice it was to see him again. I thought I knew him from the horse show I was showing at. He explained to me that I didnt in fact know him from the horse show but rather from Seinfeld. I felt really dumb and apologized for talking to him because I didnt realize that we didnt really know each other. He told me oh no dont worry...

God bless your family and friends. You served your country, provided countless millions laughter - and lived a life serving others. May your family and friends be reminded of the love and laughter shared. Thank you Mr. Martin

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Barney, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

to Barney MArtin,
You were avery talented actor, You did a great job playing Liza Minnell's father in the movie Arthur. My prayers go to you and your family. Lisa Weiner

Bless Barney Martin, the original Mr. Cellophane. He is there with Gwen making the angels happier.

Barney came to our wedding in Rhinebeck in 1988. He was a friend - we miss him.

To Barney's Family
I met Barney in Red Hook N.Y. through a mutual friend. After that he would always stop and chat whenever we met on the street in Red Hook or Rhinebeck. He was always warm, gracious and full of laughs. I did not know of his passing untill very recently, as I had been seriously ill myself. I will never forget Barney. he was a dear sweet man. May God bless him and grant him peace.

For Barney...Seinfeld would not
have been the same without you.


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

Sorry to learn that Barney Martin had passed on.

He must have enjoyed his job on Seinfeld, and yet, being so ruled by his tv wife at the same time.

At least, the reruns, he will still be, and never to be forgotten

Nice that he was able to enjoy the life that the series Seinfeld must have given to him.

May he now rest in peace, and be able to watch the reruns from Heaven above.