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Subject: Another terrific "Barney Miller" guest actor Philip Bruns died 6 yeas ago today!

They don't make character actors like that, anymore!
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Date Posted: Thursday, February 08, 08:21:31pm
In reply to: Loved him in that "Survivor" Seinfeld episode too! 's message, "We just saw veteran actor Allen Rich in a couple "Barney Miller" last week. What a veteran! ..." on Thursday, February 08, 11:25:24am

American television actor and writer, best remembered for portraying George Shumway,
the father of Mary Hartman on the 1970s comedic series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. ...

Philip Bruns
(May 2, 1931 – February 8, 2012)

Life and career ...
Bruns was born in Pipestone, Minnesota, the youngest of three children of Margie Evelyn Solon (née Trigg) and Henry Phillip Bruns. His ancestry was German and Irish. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Augustana College in South Dakota. He earned his Master's Degree from the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut. He also studied at the Old Vic Theatre School in London, England. He appeared as Morty Seinfeld in the sitcom Seinfeld, in a first-season episode entitled "The Stake Out", but was replaced in the role by Barney Martin. ...

..He also appeared in Sanford and Son, Barney Miller, Night Court, Airwolf, Just Shoot Me!, and M*A*S*H. He appeared in dozens of films, TV commercials, and on and Off-Broadway plays (winning an Obie Award for "Mr. Simian" in the 1963-64 season). He played the Warlock in Werner Liepolt's "The Young Master Dante" at The American Place Theater in 1968.

Films in which Bruns appeared include A Thousand Clowns (1965), Jenny (1970), The Out-of-Towners (1970), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), Harry and Tonto (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Nickelodeon (1976), Corvette Summer (1978), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982), Flashdance (1983), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988), Dead Men Don't Die (1991), The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them (1993), Love Bites (1993), Pentathlon (1994), The Trigger Effect, and Ed (1996).

He wrote The Character Actor's Do's, Don't and Anecdotes',
which was published in early November 2008. ...

Death ...
Until his death, Bruns resided in Hollywood with his wife, former Broadway
musical actress Laurie Franks. He died of natural causes on February 8, 2012, aged 80.


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