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Bill Erwin Dead at 96

1/4/2011 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bill Erwin -- a famed character actor whose career lasted nearly 60 years -- died on December 29 of natural causes.

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Erwin is probably best known to younger audiences for his guest role on "Seinfeld" -- but he appeared in numerous shows, including "I Love Lucy," "Perry Mason," "Leave It to Beaver," "The Twilight Zone," "Gunsmoke," "The Golden Girls," "Growing Pains" and "Who's the Boss?"

He was 96.

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