BILL ERWIN, the American actor who received an Emmy Award nomination for an appearance on the hit US sitcom Seinfeld, has died of natural causes aged 96, reports ABC News. Erwin passed away on 29th December 2010 in the Los Angeles suburb of Studio City, close to the old 'Seinfeld' production lot.
The actor's portrayal of 'Sid Fields' on Jerry Seinfeld's award winning show garnered much critical acclaim. In what is now regarded as a classic episode, Erwin played the embittered old man whom Seinfeld's character is responsible for looking after. The actor also played 'Arthur the Bellman' in the 1980 romantic drama 'Somewhere in Time' starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The movie was shot at the Grand Hotel on MACkinac Island in Michigan and Erwin returned several times to participate in annual fan celebrations.
As well as working in television and film, Erwin had a long and distinguished career on the stage, working both on Broadway and locally in California. He was also a highly regarded self-taught cartoonist whose work had appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, and the Los Angeles Magazine. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren.