Bill Macy, who is best known for working with Bea Arthur on the 1970s sitcom Maude as well as Seinfeld and My Name Is Earl, dies at age 97
Bill Macy died at the age of 97 on Thursday evening.
The character actor was best known for his work opposite Bea Arthur on the 1970s TV series Maude, which was a spinoff of All In The Family.
The Revere, Massachusetts native who was raised in Brooklyn also popped up on the shows Seinfeld, My Name Is Earl, Chicago Hope and Las Vegas.
A sad loss for Hollywood: Bill Macy died at the age of 97 on Thursday evening; here he is seen in 2004 in Los Angeles
His manager Matt Beckoff confirmed the news on Facebook.
'My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13pm tonight. He was a spitfire right up to the end. My condolences to his beautiful wife Samantha Harper Macy,' he wrote.
On Maude, Bill played Arthur's patient husband Walter Findlay to his liberal, outspoken wife as they shared a home in a New York suburb.
The Norman Lear comedy aired from 1972 until 1978.
A classic: The character actor was best known for his work opposite Bea Arthur (far left) on the 1970s TV series Maude, which was a spinoff of All In The Family. Seen with Hermione Baddeley
Relevant: On Maude, Bill played Arthur's patient husband Walter Findlay to his liberal, outspoken wife as they shared a home in a New York suburb
Longtime pals: Bill and Bea had a reunion in 1992 when at the Museum of Radio and TV Gala at the Los Angeles Museum Of Art in Los Angeles
The show was a big hit at the time as it brought up social issues and also had a stream of popular guest stars that included Henry Fonda, Eve Arden, Teri Garr, Erin Gray of Dallas and John Wayne.
After the success of Maude he went on to star in the 1979 film The Jerk with Steve Martin; he played Stan Fox.
Next came the role of Sam in the 1980 movie Serial and his part as Sy Benson in 1982's My Favorite Year.
Comedy was his thing: After the success of Maude he went on to star in the 1979 film The Jerk with Steve Martin; he played Stan Fox
Then several guest starring roles came on shows such as Hotel (1983), St Elsewhere (1984), Tales From The Darkside (1985), The Love Boat (1986) and LA Law (also 1986).
He also appeared on Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Can't Hurry Love and Ned And Stacey.
In 1999 he worked with Robert De Niro on the film Analyze This and in 2006 he played Ernie opposite Kate Winslet in The Holiday.
His last role was on the TV series Hawthorne in 2010 where he played Mr Rickles in the episode No Exit.
Bill was a taxi driver before he got his start in theater.
He performed on Broadway as an understudy in Once More, With Feeling in 1958, and then played a cab driver on 1966′s The Edge of Night.
He then met his wife Samantha Harper on the set of the 1969 off-Broadway play Oh! Calcutta! They wed in 1975.