Len was a tremendous guy. He was a smart actor/comedian who knew exactly what he was doing in the creation of Uncle Leo. I enjoyed many wonderful conversations with Len who was so openly grateful to be part of our show and so humble about his stunning contribution to it. I am so happy to have known him and my sympathies go to his family. But his was a fun life and he leaves many fans behind and many who will be enjoying his work for years to come.
"Hellooo" Uncle Leo. And goodbye. Sleep well. Much love.
As mentioned, in addition to Seinfeld, Lesser also acted in impressive collection of titles in TV and film, including Get Smart, the Mod Squad, Amazing Stories and even the 70s Spider-Man TV show. He’d also notably acted with Clint Eastwood in two of his classic pictures, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Kelly’s Heroes, showing a range for comedy and drama.
From the Soup Nazi to the caricature of George Steinbrenner, Seinfeld obviously had a wealth of memorable personalities sin addition to Jerry and his regular pals. However, an ornery relative who’s constantly demanding your undivided time and attention was one of the more acutely-devised characters the show was famous for--everybody’s got somebody like Uncle Leo in their family, right?
I can’t think of a more appropriate way to celebrate Lesser's life and work than to include the following clip…