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'Seinfeld' Actor Len Lesser Dies at 88

In this undated photo provided by Craig Schwartz, Len Lesser is shown.  Lesser, 88, best known as Uncle Leo in the hit television show Seinfeld but also veteran of over 500 film and television appearances and stage roles during his generation-spanning career, has died in Burbank, Calif., of pneumonia related to cancer, it was announced by his family. (AP/Craig Schwartz)

In this undated photo provided by Craig Schwartz, Len Lesser is shown. Lesser, 88, best known as Uncle Leo in the hit television show Seinfeld but also veteran of over 500 film and television appearances and stage roles during his generation-spanning career, has died in Burbank, Calif., of pneumonia related to cancer, it was announced by his family. (AP/Craig Schwartz)  (All Uses MUST Contain Photo Credit: PHOTO BY CRAIG SCHWARTZ © 2010 Craig Schwartz/Craig Schwartz Photography Craig@craigphoto.co)

LOS ANGELES -- Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 88.

Lesser's family said in a statement that he died Wednesday in Burbank, California, from cancer-related pneumonia.

Lesser's lengthy list of television credits included parts on "Get Smart," "That Girl," "The Munsters," "The Monkees," "The Rockford Files," "thirtysomething," "ER," and "Everybody Loves Raymond," which featured Lesser in a recurring role as the arm-shaking Garvin. His film credits included "Outlaw Josey Wales," "Kelly's Heroes," "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "Death Hunt." He most recently appeared on the TV drama "Castle."

He is survived by his daughter, Michele; son, David; daughter-in-law, Julie; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Kayla, and Mayah.

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