Kenneth Mars

Biography

Kenneth Mars (April 4, 1935 – February 12, 2011) was an American television, movie, 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, and the relentless Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Fredrich Kemp in 1974's Young Frankenstein. Mars appeared in several seasons of Malcolm in the Middle as Otto, Francis's well-meaning but dim-witted boss. He was well known as the voice of King Triton in The Little Mermaid and ensuing media. Mars also did several other animated voice over film roles such as Littlefoot's grandpa in the Land Before Time series and that of King Colbert (Prince Cornelius's father) in Thumbelina. Personal Life Born in Chicago, Illinois, Kenneth Mars studied fine arts and acting at Northwestern University. After graduation he began acting in the early 1960s, then did small roles in theater followed by TV and film. Career - Television Mars made his 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". 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. His last television gigs were that of Otto, the German dude ranch owner on Fox's Malcolm in the Middle, an appearance on Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, and a reprisal of his role as Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time television series. [edit]Stage and film roles 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. - Comedy albums In 1975, ABC/Dunhill released a comedy LP produced by Earl Doud titled Henry the First featuring Mars in a number of comedy bits as Henry Kissinger, including a cover version of the Bachman–Turner Overdrive song, "Takin' Care of Business". - Voice Acting Roles Mars cultivated a lengthy voice acting career, launching it by voicing several characters on Uncle Croc's Block. He voiced 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 & Kingdom Hearts 2. He also voiced Littlefoot's Grandpa Longneck in The Land Before Time movie series and the spin-off television series. He played some minor roles on the popular radio show, Adventures in Odyssey. He played Sweet Williams in Fievel's American Tails, which took place after An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. He 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. Death Mars died aged 75 from pancreatic cancer in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California on February 12, 2011. He is survived by his wife of nearly 34 years Barbara Newborn, his two daughters Susannah Mars-Johnson and Rebecca Mars-Tipton and his 6 grandchildren. Filmography The Land Before Time (2007–2011) – Grandpa Longneck Hannah Montana (TV) (2007) – Gunther the Innkeeper Kingdom Hearts II (VG) (2006) (voice) – King Triton Kingdom Hearts (VG) (2002) (voice) – King Triton Malcolm in the Middle (TV) (2002–2004) – Otto Mannkusser Becker (TV) – (2001) Melvin (3 Episodes) The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (voice) (2000) – King Triton Fallout (voice) (1997) – Vault 13 Overseer Batman: The Animated Series (voice) (1995) – M2 (In the episode "The Lion and the Unicorn") The Land Before Time series (II-present) (voice) (1994–2011) – Grandpa Thumbelina (voice) (1994) – King Colbert Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Colyus Felidae (1994) - Preterius (English dub) Batman: The Animated Series (voice) (1994) – Richard (In the episode "Sideshow") Animaniacs (voice) (1993) – Ludwig van Beethoven (In the episode "Roll Over Beethoven") Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron (voice) (1993) - Dr. Wally Gilbert Kenrousch We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (voice) (1993) – Professor Screweyes Shadows and Fog (1992) – Armstead the Magician Fievel's American Tails (1992) – Sweet Williams (6 Episodes) A Different World (1992) – Homeless Man Darkwing Duck (TV) (voice) (1991–1995) – Tuskerninni Freakazoid! (TV) (voice) Dr. Gunter Hunter Hanker Tale Spin (TV) (voice) (1990–1994) – Heimlich Menudo, Prof. Buzz The Little Mermaid (voice) (1989) – King Triton Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) – The Mayor/The Mastermind Get Smart, Again! (1989) (TV) – Cmdr. Drury The Smurfs (1989) season (TV) – additional voices Rented Lips (1988) – Reverend Farrell For Keeps? (1988) – Mr. Bobrucz Illegally Yours (1988) – Hal B. Keeler A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (TV) (voice) (1988–1991) – Dogcatcher Ghost Radio Days (1987) – Rabbi Baumel The Adventures of the American Rabbit (voice) (1986) – Voltor/Buzzard Prince Jack (1985) - Lyndon B. Johnson Misfits of Science (TV) (1985) – Sen. Donner Beer (film) (1985) – Adolphe Norbecker Fletch (1985) – Stanton Boyd The Biskitts (1983) - King Max Yellowbeard (1983) – Mr. Crisp and Senior Verdugo Full Moon High (1981) – Coach Cleveland / Principal Cleveland The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) – Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock Heaven Only Knows (TV) (1979) Goin Coconuts (1978) Night Moves (1975) – Nick The New Original Wonder Woman (TV) (1975) – Colonel Oberst Von Blasko (1 episode) Young Frankenstein (1974) – Police Inspector Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kemp The Parallax View (1974) – Former FBI Agent Will Guess Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1973) (TV) – Mitchell Bernard What's Up, Doc? (1972) – Hugh Simon Desperate Characters (1971) – Otto Bentwood Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Marshal The April Fools (1969) – Les Hopkins The Producers (1968) – Franz Liebkind He & She (TV) (1967–1968) – Harry Zarakartos The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV) - (1968-1970) (2 episodes) The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - off-screen narrator

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Birth Name

Kenneth Mars

Birth Place

Chicago, Illinois, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

4/4/1935

Death Date

2/12/2011
Known For
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The Producers

Franz Liebkind

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The Land Before Time: Journey to Big Water

Grandpa Longneck (voice)

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The Land Before Time VII The Stone of Cold Fire

Grandpa (voice)

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The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration

Grandpa (voice)

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The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock

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For Keeps

Mr. Bobrucz

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Illegally Yours

Hal B. Keeler

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Desperate Characters

Otto Bentwood

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The Selling of America

A.J. Norbecker

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Rough Magic

Magician

Starring In
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The Little Mermaid Live!

Triton (voice) (archive footage)

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The Land Before Time: The Great Day of The Flyers

Grandpa Longneck (voice)

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Original Animated Series: Godzilla, Vol. 2

Alexander Preloran (1 episode, 1998)

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The Land Before Time: Invasion of the Tinysauruses

Grandpa Longneck (voice)

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The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration

Grandpa (voice)

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The Land Before Time: Journey to Big Water

Grandpa Longneck (voice)

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The Land Before Time: The Big Freeze

Grandpa / Lambeosaurus (voice)

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The Land Before Time VII The Stone of Cold Fire

Grandpa (voice)

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The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

King Triton (voice)

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How to Marry a Billionaire: A Christmas Tale

Buzz

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The Land Before Time The Secret Of Saurus Rock

Grandpa (voice)

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The Land Before Time: The Mysterious Island

Grandpa (voice)

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Citizen Ruth

Dr. Charlie Rollins

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The Land Before Time: Journey Through the Mists

Grandpa (voice)

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Rough Magic

Magician

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The Land Before Time: The Time of the Great Giving

Grandpa (voice)

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The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

Grandpa (voice)

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Thumbelina

King Colbert (voice)

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We're Back! - A Dinosaur's Story

Professor Screweyes (voice)

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Shadows and Fog

Magician

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Police Academy 6: City Under Siege

Mayor

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The Little Mermaid

Triton (voice)

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Get Smart, Again!

Cmdr. Drury

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For Keeps

Mr. Bobrucz

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Garfield And Friends: Behind The Scenes

(2 episodes, 1990)

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Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats

Director / Dogcatcher (voice)

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Illegally Yours

Hal B. Keeler

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Radio Days

Rabbi Baumel

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The Adventures of the American Rabbit

Vultor / Buzzard (voice)

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The Selling of America

A.J. Norbecker

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Fletch

Stanton Boyd

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Protocol

Lou

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Yellowbeard

Mr. Crisp and Verdugo

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A Transylvanian Werewolf In America

The Coach - Principal Cleveland

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La Petite Sirène

Triton (voice)

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The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Marshal Woolly Bill Hitchcock

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Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Bob Fingerman (2 episodes, 1976)

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Night Moves

Nick

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Young Frankenstein

Inspector Kemp

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The Parallax View

Former FBI Agent Will

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What's Up, Doc?

Hugh Simon

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Desperate Characters

Otto Bentwood

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Marshal

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Viva Max

Dr. Sam Gillison

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The April Fools

Les Hopkins

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The Producers

Franz Liebkind

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Act One

Robert E. Sherwood (as Kenneth Moss)

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