Barney Martin



Born: March 3, 1923
Queens, New York

Died: March 21, 2005
Studio City, California

Barney Martin, the character actor with a hangdog expression who played the beleaguered Amos Hart in the original Broadway production of the musical Chicago, died March 21, 2005, according to Mr. Martin, 82, who battled cancer, was more widely known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father, Morty, in the TV series, "Seinfeld."

In Chicago, the musical satire about justice and celebrity in America, Mr. Martin played the sad-clown role of a dull cuckolded husband whose wife kills her lover. Amos admits to the crime. In a turn that purposely recalled the vaudevillian Bert Williams, Mr. Martin sang "Mr. Cellophane." His work is preserved on the original cast album.

According to wire reports, Mr. Martin was an Air Force pilot in World War II and a New York City policeman before he acted in such Broadway shows as South Pacific, The Roast; All Over Town; How Now Now Dow Jones and All American.

Mr. Martin's film work includes "The Producers" and playing Liza Minnelli's father in "Arthur" and its sequel. He was a fixture on TV, doing guest spots on "The Odd Couple," "Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere," "Murphy Brown" and "The Wonder Years."



Playbill Cover - The Roast The Roast
May 8, 1980 - May 11, 1980
Sid Ball Performer
Playbill Cover - Chicago Chicago
Jun. 3, 1975 - Aug. 27, 1977
Amos Hart Performer
Playbill Cover - All Over Town All Over Town
Dec. 29, 1974 - Jul. 20, 1975
Detective Peterson Performer
Playbill Cover - How Now, Dow Jones How Now, Dow Jones
Dec. 7, 1967 - Jun. 15, 1968
Arrived on Mar. 4, 1968
Playbill Cover - All American All American
Mar. 19, 1962 - May 26, 1962
Taxi Performer
    Assistant Coach Performer
    Head Immigration Officer Performer
    Red Stern Performer
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