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Seinfeld star Bill Erwin dies aged 96

Bill Erwin
Image caption The veteran actor passed away on 29 December in Studio City, Los Angeles

Character actor Bill Erwin, who in later years was best known for his role as the grumpy old man in US sitcom Seinfeld, has died aged 96.

His son Mike said he passed away from old age and was "happy to the end".

Erwin began his career in 1941 in the film You're in the Army Now. He went on to appear in such TV shows as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone.

But his Seinfeld character, Sid Fields, was the actor's most memorable role, earning him an Emmy nomination in 1993.

The actor passed away on 29 December at his home in Los Angeles, his son said on Tuesday.

"He just ran out of gas," said Mike Erwin. The actor also had another son and two daughters.

Born William Lindsey Erwin in 1914, the Texas native studied at the Pasadena Playhouse and went on to perform on stage around Los Angeles.

He also dabbled as a cartoonist and had work published in the New Yorker, Playboy and Los Angeles magazine.

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