Mr Pitt from Seinfeld is dead 'Seinfeld' regular Ian Abercrombie dead at 77 "Seinfeld" regular Ian Abercrombie has died at the age of 77. The British character actor, who played Elaine Benes' fussy and eccentric boss Mr. Pitt, passed away on Thursday. His credits also include film roles in "Von Ryan's Express," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", "Young Frankenstein," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Army of Darkness," and "Rango." Abercrombie also played 800-year-old wizard Professor Crumbs in Disney TV hit "Wizards of Waverly Place" and he voiced Palpatine/Darth Sidious on George Lucas' animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Almost all the great old folks from the show are gone now.