R.I.P. Marty Ingels, 'I'm Dickens' star, husband to Shirley Jones and voice of Pac-Man
The actor starred alongside John Astin on a 1960s sitcom, provided the voice to memorable cartoon characters, and became stepfather to Shaun Cassidy.
Yesterday, in a story about the Bonanza theme, we asked if you remember the sitcom I'm Dickens… He's Fenster. Today, we are sad to report that Marty Ingels, who starred as Fenster on the 1960s series, passed away yesterday due to complications from a stroke, according to Variety. He was 79.
Though comedy ran for just one season, from 1962 to 1963, I'm Dickens… He's Fenster was truly funny work with a wonderful cast. It told the story of two Laurel and Hardy–like carpenters. John Astin, who would go on to light up the screen as Gomez Addams and The Riddler, played the straight man, which should give you a measure of Ingels' comedic prowess. The talented ensemble also included Frank De Vol, better known as the successful Hollywood music composer behind such themes as My Three Sons.
Ingels also appeared on Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Love Boat. The comedian went on to lend his voice to a slew of cartoons. He was Autocat in Motormouse and Autocat and Beegle Beagle in Grape Ape. In 1982, he entertained Generation X as the pellet-chomping yellow lead in Pac-Man.
In 1977, Ingels married Shirley Jones, the matriarch of The Partridge Family. He became stepfather Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy and is survived by 12 grandchildren.