Actor Kenneth Mars, 75, played King Triton, Nazi in “Producers”

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Ken Mars

Ken Mars

Character actor Kenneth “Ken” Mars, whose German-type accents helped him land the role of nutbar Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ 1968 movie The Producers, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his Granada Hills, California home. He was 75.

Mars had a longtime career as a voice actor during his four-decade-long career. He voiced Grandpa Longneck in many installments of The Land Before Time series, which ran theatrically and on television as well as on video.

Born in Chicago on April 14, 1936, Mars voiced King Triton in Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid and its 2000 direct-to-video sequel, The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Also in animated films, he was Professor Screweyes in We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993) and King Colbert in Thumbelina (1994).

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