Former SEINFELD star BARNEY MARTIN has died after a battle with cancer. He was 82.

Martin passed away on Monday (21MAR05) at his Studio City, California, home, according to his publicist, JENNIFER GLASSMAN.

Born 3 March, 1923, in the New York City borough of Queens, Martin served as a navigator in the Air Force during World War II before starting a 20-year career as a New York City police detective.

Martin showed a talent for making deputy police commissioners laugh during presentations and the 1950s, he began writing on the side for comedy shows such as NAME THAT TUNE and THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW.

Martin got his start in film when Mel Brooks featured him in The Producers in 1968, which launched him into Broadway theatre, where he appeared in several musicals, including SOUTH PACIFIC, The Fantasticks and ALL AMERICAN.

He is credited with creating the role of ROXY's unappreciated husband, AMOS HART, in the musical Chicago.

He is survived by his wife and son. A daughter died in 2002 of cancer.

25/03/2005 13:53