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

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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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