February 15th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
Kenneth Mars, who played two of Mel Brooks' most memorable characters, died on Saturday at his home in Granada Hills, California, at the age of 75 from pancreatic cancer, CNN has confirmed.
Mars is best known for portraying Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in the original 1968 film "The Producers" (a role taken on by Will Ferrell in the 2005 version), and police inspector Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kemp (he of the wooden arm, eye patch and monocle) in "Young Frankenstein."
Mars also had a role on the 1967 sitcom "He & She," made many guest appearances on television in the succeeding decades and had roles in other big-screen comedies such as "Fletch" and "Yellowbeard."
He also had quite the voice acting career on shows such as "Darkwing Duck" and "Freakazoid!"
Above all else, and like most Mel Brooks actors, he will probably best be known for lines such as: "Following in his grandfather's footsteps, footsteps, footsteps!," "A riot is an ugly thing ..." (both said in a thick accent), and "I must tell my birds!"
What will you remember most about Mars? Any other favorite lines? Comment below.
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