Actor, comedian and talent scout Marty Ingel passes away at age 79 as reported by his wife Shirley Jones.
Shirley Jones informed sources that her husband Marty Ingels passed away. He died Wednesday at Tarzana Medical Center following a massive stroke. He was 79. Shirley had been married to him for 40 years.
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Ingels and Jones met in 1974 at a party at the home of “Little House on the Prairie” star Michael Landon. They married in 1977. Ingels remarked of their odd-couple relationship that he was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn and she was Miss America.
A lot of people never got that.” The pair published the autobiography ‘Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story’ in 1990.She commented that he often drove me crazy, but there’s not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core.
Besides being married to Shirley to his credit, Ingels himself was an actor, comedian, talent agent and industry raconteur. Ingels began his career with TV appearances in the 1960s before landing a co-starring role opposite John Astin on ABC's I'm Dickens, He’s Fenster.
A sitcom about two carpenters, one married and one a playboy; Ingels played the married Arch Fenster. The series, created by sitcom vet Leonard Stern, lasted only one season but has endured as a cult favourite among vintage TV fans. He also appeared in two episodes of CBS' The Dick Van Dyke Show as Sol Pomeroy and on an episode of ABC's Bewitched.
He had roles in such films as Sid Caesar's The Busy Body (1967), the Walter Matthau comedy A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and the Albert Finney drama The Picasso Summer (1969). Ingels logged numerous TV guest shots in that era. “The Ann Sothern Show” and “Pete and Gladys.” He was also seen on the big screen in supporting roles in “Armoured Command” (1961), “The Horizontal Lieutenant” (1962), “Wild and Wonderful” (1964), “The Busy Body” (1967), “A Guide for the Married Man” (1967), “For Singles Only” (1968), “The Picasso Summer” (1969), and “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” (1969).
Later, he was known for lending his rasp to voiceover work in hundreds of cartoons and commercials. He also launched Ingels, Inc., an agency which booked film stars, including John Wayne and Cary Grant, in TV ad campaigns.
Ingels and Jones met at a party at actor Michael Landon's home, after which Ingels pursued her tenaciously, which bothered some of her friends. The pair got married in 1977 and published a 1990 autobiography entitled Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story.
Jones appeared in such movie musicals as Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956) and won an Oscar for her role in Elmer Gantry (1960). She was later known for playing the matriarch on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family.
During this period Ingels also launched his own talent rep firm, Ingels Inc., which specialized in booking TV commercials for notable actors such as John Wayne, Cary Grant and Orson Welles.
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Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Martin Ingerman served a stint in the Army and then wound up in Los Angeles where he got his break as an actor at the Pasadena Playhouse. Ingel is survived by stepsons Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy; a niece and 12 grandchildren, according to Variety.