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Seinfeld's 'Uncle Leo' Dead at 88

2/17/2011 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Veteran actor Len Lesser, who's best known as Jerry Seinfeld's Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," passed away today of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.

Uncle Leo Seinfeld Dead
The actor reportedly died in his sleep this morning in Burbank, and according to his daughter Michelle, "It was very peaceful."

Lesser was also a regular as "Garvin" on "Everybody Loves Raymond," recently appeared on the show "Castle" and made over 500 other film, TV and stage appearances in his career.

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silver    

Thanks for the laughs Uncle Leo. RIP

1259 days ago
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Davey Boy    

Loved Uncle Leo. What a way to go. You were the best.

1259 days ago
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NiceGuy    

HELLO UNCLE LEO!
HELLO JERRY!
I'm sure the Seinfeld gang will surely miss you and your talent. I know I will. You were great!

1259 days ago
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canadasue    

Awwww...You will be missed Uncle Leo!

1259 days ago
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Cy Phy    

"Why didn't you tell me you were a little short?!? Here, take this...somebody asks you where you got it, you don't know." RIP Uncle Leo...you were hysterically funny. Great delivery, great timing.

1259 days ago
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Janet    

Thanks Uncle Leo! You are loved by all!

1259 days ago
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Chia    

Rest in Peace Uncle Leo! I really enjoyed your character!

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jon ludmer    

len lesser a charater actor hero. a get smart tv show veteran, in a few episodes. love you .. god bless. jon ludmer

1259 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

Funny guy (was in Birdman of Alcatraz).

1259 days ago
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John    

Thanks for the entertainment Uncle Leo! RIP!

1259 days ago
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Best story so far today on tmz    

Not just Uncle Leo, he was in a few Clint Eastwood flicks as well. Hello...another great icon gone. Thanks for the memories, RIP

1259 days ago
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t-in-sd    

I've only seen him in Seinfeld, but he's so awesome. So funny and distinct with his Jerry...hello!
A fine actor. I especially liked it when Elaine painted the eyebrows on him. funny guy, sounds like he was surrounded by a loving family.

1259 days ago
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gutsygirl    

I'll miss Uncle Leo's trash-diving (Jerry's watch and wallet)!RIP

1259 days ago
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Selebraties Suck    

God Bless, Uncle Leo. Hollywood doesn't make them like you anymore.

1259 days ago
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Ohsowhat    

Loved him both on Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond. RIP will miss the laughter.

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