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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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Carvey    

Anti-Semite!

(That's a Seinfeld joke so don't give me no guff.)

1313 days ago
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Peter DeGeorge    

RIP, love this guy. -Peter DeGeorge

1313 days ago
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babyz65    

Rest in peace uncle leo... He also played a cop on "All in the Family" Love and peace to you...

1313 days ago
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phil    

first sawhim in kellys heroes. but he was at his best as uncle leo.

1313 days ago
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Anna    

Sending my love and prayers to Michele, David, Julie and the little ones. Mr. Lesser was not only a great actor and comedian but also a WWII veteran and an amazing father, grandfather, and human being. He will be greatly missed.

1313 days ago
21.

tami    

One of the funny guys in TV u will be missed sorry for your loss RIP

1313 days ago
22.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

swarm swarm swarm

1313 days ago
23.

john calabassas    

.....shut up 'Liiiiige

1313 days ago
24.

Mike H.    

"I'm and old man. I was confused." "Hello Uncle Leo" Head nodding defeated "Hello Jerry."

1313 days ago
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Emmy    

Why is everybody dying due to complications from pneumonia?

1313 days ago
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Sophia    

RIP...Uncle Leo.

1313 days ago
27.

Ty    

perhaps quiet... rip

1313 days ago
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Harpoo67    

ST PETER....HELLO!!! RIP Mr. Lesser. You will be missed but we will always have Seinfeld to remind us of you.

1313 days ago
29.

Amy    

HELLO! RIP, Uncle Leo.

1313 days ago
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RIP    

"HELLO, Jerry!" - what a great character he played as Uncle Leo and a great person. Rest in Peace, Len!

1313 days ago
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