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Lou Cutell

Lou Cutell
Publicity Photo of Lou Cutell
Born(1930-10-06)October 6, 1930
DiedNovember 21, 2021(2021-11-21) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of California
Years active1961–2021

Lou Cutell (October 6, 1930[1] – November 21, 2021) was an American actor, who was perhaps best known for his appearance as Amazing Larry in the 1985 film Pee-wee's Big Adventure.

Life and career

Cutell was born in New York City[1] to Sicilian parents.[2] He moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, where he received a bachelor's degree at the University of California.[1]

Cutell began his acting career in 1961, appearing in the Broadway play The Young Abe Lincoln in the role of William Berry[3][4]

Cutell made his television debut in 1964, guest-starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show.[5][6]

From the 1970s to the 1990s Cutell appeared and guest-starred in numerous films and television programs including Seinfeld, The Love Boat, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Alice, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhinoceros, The World's Greatest Lover, The Wild Wild West, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and its spin-off Lou Grant), Barney Miller, The Black Marble, The Odd Couple II, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, My Mom's a Werewolf and Bridget Loves Bernie.[6]

In the 1990s Cutell scripted and appeared in the Broadway play The Sicilan Bachelor.[7][8] In 2010, Cutell starred in the Broadway play Viagara Falls, which he co-wrote with Joao Machado.[9][10][11]

Cutell also continued appearing in film and television. He played a recurring role in Betty White's Off Their Rockers and guest-starred in other television programs.[2] His final role was in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, in 2015.[12]


Cutell died on November 21, 2021, at the age of 91.[13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster Dr. Nadir
1970 Little Big Man Deacon
1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny Landruncolo
1972 Goodnight, My Love Sidney TV movie
1973 The Blue Knight Charles A. Lupus TV movie
1974 Rhinoceros Cashier
1974 Young Frankenstein Frightened Villager uncredited
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Mr. Kipper
1978 Foul Play House Manager
1979 Mr. Horn Small Man TV movie
1979 The Last Word Contest M.C.
1979 Marciano Cashier TV movie
1980 The Black Marble Mr. Limpwood
1982 Shoot the Moon Willard
1983 Missing Pieces Man TV movie
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Amazing Larry
1985 Maxie Art Isenberg
1986 Legal Eagles Kapstan
1986 The Malibu Bikini Shop Speaker
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: A Table at Ciro's Skolsky TV movie
1988 Frankenstein General Hospital Dr. Saperstein
1988 Bird Bride's Father
1988 The Diamond Trap Rosencrantz TV movie
1989 My Mom's a Werewolf Butcher
1989 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Dr. Brainard
1991 Voyager New York Doorman
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Meyerhoff
1994 A Part of the Family Saul TV movie
1995 Unstrung Heroes Uncle Melvin
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Henry Weinstein
1997 Just Write Man Guest at Luncheon
1997 Glam Sandy Silver
1998 The Odd Couple II Abe
2002 Laurel Canyon Elderly Man
2005 Wedding Crashers Old Jewish Man Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show Vinnie 1 episode
1968 The Wild Wild West Major Frederick Frey 1 episode
1969 My Three Sons Marvin Horndiffer 1 episode
1970 Then Came Bronson Mr. Willoughby 1 episode
1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Samson 1 episode
1972 Room 222 Mr. Caruse 1 episode
1972 Bridget Loves Bernie Parfel 1 episode
1973 The New Temperatures Rising Show 1 episode
1974–1978 The Bob Newhart Show Delivery Man/Petersen Character 2 episodes
1974 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Nice Little Man 1 episode
1975 The Bob Crane Show Murray 1 episode
1976 Jigsaw John Pawn Shop Proprietor 1 episode
1976 Starsky & Hutch Mike 1 episode
1977 The Love Boat Gus 1 episode
1977–1982 Barney Miller Jerome Grodin/Mr. Roselle 2 episodes
1978 Lou Grant Haskins 1 episode
1978 Kojak Dave 1 episode
1981–1984 Alice Angry Customer/Lou 4 episodes
1981 Gimme a Break! The Druggist 1 episode
1982 T.J. Hooker Manager 1 episode
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Spaceman 1 episode
1986 Life with Lucy Charlie Zellman 1 episode
1986 Tales from the Darkside Otto Schrog 1 episode
1986 Starman Clerk 1 episode
1986 Throb Rack Guy 1 episode
1987 The Judge Lou Kernon 1 episode
1987 1st & Ten Wedding Priest 1 episode
1987 Square One Television Store Manager 1 episode
1987 Mathnet Store Manager 1 episode
1988 Baby Boom Stanley Elkman 1 episode
1989 Small Wonder The Actor 1 episode
1989 The New Dragnet Mr. Phelps 1 episode
1990 Newhart Dr. Grossman 1 episode
1990 Knots Landing TV Critic 1 episode
1991 Amen Sid 1 episode
1991 The Golden Girls Irving 1 episode
1991 ABC Weekend Special Mr. Minch 1 episode
1991 Eerie, Indiana Old Man Dithers 1 episode
1991 Jake and the Fatman Store Owner 1 episode
1991 Empty Nest Dr. Wilkins 1 episode
1992 Santa Barbara Reverend Mulcher 1 episode
1993 The Wonder Years Comic 1 episode
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Maurice 1 episode
1993 Tales of the City Herb Siegel 1 episode
1993 Mad About You Eddie the Doorman 2 episodes
1995 Seinfeld Dr. Howard Cooperman Episode: "The Fusilli Jerry"
1995 Almost Perfect Shiny 2 episodes
1996 Weird Science Bert 1 episode
1997 The Practice Adelstein 1 episode
1998 Something So Right Emil 1 episode
1998 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Tailor 1 episode
1999 Will & Grace Mr. Arthur Pressman 1 episode
2000 The Brothers Garcia Louie 1 episode
2001 Spin City Shelly Hallerman 1 episode
2002 Without a Trace Henry 1 episode
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Leo Funkhouser 2 episodes
2006 Four Kings Sharon's Dad 1 episode
2010 Medium Rare Sergeant 1 episode
2013 How I Met Your Mother Uncle Mort 1 episode
2013–2014 Betty White's Off Their Rockers Various Characters 8 episodes
2015 The Brink Leonard 2 episodes
2015 Grey's Anatomy Abe 1 episode


  1. ^ a b c Leszczak, Bob (August 6, 2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. McFarland. pp. 39–42. ISBN 978-0786477906 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Roe, Michelle (July 8, 2014). "Lou Cutell Held Off Writing Until Late in Comedic Career". Palm Springs Life Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (November 23, 2021). "Lou Cutell Dies: 'Seinfeld' Character Actor Who Had 50-Year Career Was 91". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Lou Cutell, 'Seinfeld's' Assman and Pee-wee's Amazing Larry, Dies at 91". Extra. November 23, 2021. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Waldron, Vince (2001). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History and Ultimate Viewer's Guide to Television's Most Enduring Comedy. Applause. p. 353. ISBN 9781557834539 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ a b "Lou Cutell Filmography". Fandango. Archived from the original on July 30, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Foley, Kathleen (November 25, 1999). "Married to the Idea of Bachelorhood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  8. ^ Manus, Willard (November 16, 1999). "Sicilian Bachelor Opens at American Renegade Theatre Nov. 20". Playbill. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  9. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (July 26, 2010). "Two Guys Trying Their Best to Grow Old Disgracefully". The New York Times. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Cutell, Lou (July 13, 2010). "Lou Cutell on Bringing Septuagenarian Sex Off-Broadway in Viagara Falls". Broadway Buzz. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "VIAGARA FALLS Opens at Little Shubert Theatre, 7/21". BroadwayWorld. July 21, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Matthews, David (November 23, 2021). "'Seinfeld' actor Lou Cutell dies at 91". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  13. ^ Moore, Sam (November 23, 2021). "Lou Cutell: Grey's Anatomy and Seinfeld star dies aged 91". The Independent. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  14. ^ Barnes, Mike (November 23, 2021). "Lou Cutell, Actor in 'Seinfeld' and 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure,' Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
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