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"Let's all go have some sponge cake and a little wine..."

- as Inspector Hans Wilhelm Fredrich Kemp from Young Franemstein (1974)

KENNETH MARS

Kenneth Mars began acting as early as 1961 when he was with the first national company of the Sound of Music as Baron Elberfeld and understudied the role of Max.

Kenneth Mars was an American television, film and voice actor. He may be best-remembered for his roles in several Mel Brooks films: the insane Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in 1968's The Producers (below with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel), and the relentless Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Fredrich Kemp in 1974's Young Frankenstein.

Mars made his TV acting debut in 1962 as a book publisher on the comedy series Car 54, Where Are You?. Afterwards, he appeared on such television series as Gunsmoke, Get Smart, McMillan & Wife, and The Bob Crane Show. Mars played Harry Zarakartos on the sitcom He & She. Mars was featured in a number of small roles in programs such as the Misfits of Science pilot episode and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shadowplay".

Mars often played characters with exaggerated accents. He was German in The Producers and Young Frankenstein, and was the Croatian musicologist Hugh Simon in What's Up, Doc?.

His first broadly accented character was that of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in the 1962 Off-Broadway revival of the Cole Porter musical, Anything Goes. He was also in the 1962 Broadway play The Affair.

He was cast opposite Bette Davis in Hello Mother, Goodbye!, a 1973 television pilot that was aired by NBC but never added to its schedule. From 1970 until 1974 he guest starred in five episodes of Love, American Style, playing random characters. In 1977, he became a series regular on both the Sha Na Na variety series and on Fernwood 2-Night, where he played William W.D. "Bud" Prize on the fictional comedy talk show, later appearing on America 2-Night in the same role.

Mars appeared in several seasons of Malcolm in the Middle as Otto, Francis's well-meaning but dim-witted boss. Mars cultivated a lengthy voice acting career, launching it by voicing several characters on Uncle Croc's Block. Other voice work included the roles of Ariel's father King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the villainous Professor Screweyes in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, as well as voicing Triton in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, Littlefoot's Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time movie series and the spin-off television series, and Sweet Williams in Fievel's American Tails, which took place after An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. He also voiced characters on many animated television series, such as The Smurfs,The Biskitts, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Tale Spin, and Animaniacs, as well as video games, such as Fallout and Kingdom Hearts.

Mars died of pancreatic cancer on February 12th, 2011 at aged 75.

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