Star Wars Celebration VI included the panel "Vocal Stars of The Clone Wars", hosted by James Arnold Taylor and featuring cast members Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker and Tom Kane. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Ian portrayed Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious in the film The Clone Wars (2008) and reprised his role as Palpatine/Sidious in the television adaption from Seasons 1-5 and its two spin-off video games: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes and Star Wars - The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. He received acclaim for the one-man show Jean Cocteau—A Mirror Image. Abercrombie died on January 26, 2012, at 10:30am, in Hollywood, California from kidney failure.  He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a production of Stalag 17 with Jason Robards and Jules Munshin. Ian Abercrombie was an English-American actor and voice actor, who was known as Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld. Abercrombie voiced Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the 2008 film The Clone Wars, the television continuation, and two spin-off video games (Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels). During Supervising Director Dave Filoni said that Ian was very excited about the fact that Darth Sidious finally was going to be seen in person and not as a hologram anymore, during Celebration VI Filoni also mentioned that before his passing, Ian did record for most of Season 5 as both characters but did not finish and he does not want to talk about his replacement until all his recordings have been used in the series. It … Supervising director Dave Filoni said that Abercrombie was very excited that Darth Sidious finally was going to be seen in person and not as a hologram anymore. He is the second actor with the name Ian to portray Palpatine: The first was Ian McDiarmid who played Palpatine in 4 of the 6 Star Wars films as well as Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. Abercrombie died in Hollywood, California on January 26, 2012 at age 77, from kidney failure. Many plays in summer stock, regional, and off-Broadway followed in a variety of theatrical offerings, from revues to Shakespeare (in a particularly low period, he worked as a magician's assistant for $10 a performance). He portrayed Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious in the film The Clone Wars (2008) and reprised his role as Palpatine/Sidious in the television adaption from Seasons 1-5 and its two spin-off video games: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. He moved to the United States at age 17.. His only Disney roles were Professor Crumbs in the Disney Channel original series, Wizards of Waverly Place, and was the original voice for Palpatine from the 2008 animated film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and its following animated series by the same name. In 1957, he was drafted into the US Army and stationed in Germany as part of Special Services, where he directed the continental premiere of Separate Tables. Ian Abercrombie, the British actor who was a regular as Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on the popular TV series "Seinfeld", has passed away at age 77. Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Abercrombie was known to cult film audiences as Wiseman in the comedy horror film Army of Darkness (1993). Abercrombie was born on 11 September 1934 in Grays, Essex, England. He received awards[clarification needed] for his work in Sweet Prince with Keir Dullea; Teeth N'smiles; A Doll's House with Linda Purl; and The Arcata Promise, opposite Anthony Hopkins. Abercrombie was known to cult film audiences as Wiseman in the comedy horror film Army of Darkness (1993). On radio, he was heard in several productions of the Hollywood Theater of the Ear. Abercrombie was born on 11 September 1934 in Grays, Essex, England. He is best known to this wiki for playing Professor Crumbs. He also portrayed Ganthet in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, completing his work on the latest episode of the Cartoon Network show just before his death.. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ian Abercrombie, a veteran British stage and screen actor whose TV roles included Elaine's boss Mr. Pitt on "Seinfeld" and the voice of Chancellor Palpatine in "Star Wars: The Ian Abercrombie (11 September 1934 – 26 January 2012) was an English actor. In 1957, he was drafted into the United States Army and stationed in West Germany as part of Special Services, where he directed the continental premiere of Separate Tables. Ian Abercrombie (September 11, 1934 – January 26, 2012) was a British actor who provided the voice of Palpatine on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and TV series. He appeared as Elaine Benes's boss, Justin Pitt, during the sixth season of Seinfeld, and Rupert Cavanaugh, Ian Hainsworth's butler, in Desperate Housewives.