While you may not know his name, you probably know his work. Bill Erwin’s most notable role was on Seinfeld where he played Sid “The Old Man” Fields back in 1993. The veteran actor has passed away at age 96 of natural causes.
The Los Angeles Times reported that William Lindsey Erwin was born December 2, 1914 in Honey Grove, Texas and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1935. He spent his days performing theater in California and received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 1983 for his performance in ‘Old Friends’ at the Actors Forum.
Bill Erwin’s Seinfeld episode, “The Old Man,” did so well that he received an Emmy nomination for his performance. In the episode, Jerry Seinfeld volunteers to spend time with Sid Fields through the Foster-A-Grandpa Program, but things don’t go as planned.
According to IMDB, Bill Erwin has had numerous small roles throughout his career in shows like Moonlighting, Growing Pains, The Golden Girls and The West Wing to name a few.
Bill Erwin passed away in Studio City, California December 29th. RIP.