Martin Ingerman (March 9, 1936 – October 21, 2015), known professionally as Marty Ingels, was an American actor, comedian, comedy sketch writer and theatrical agent, who is best known as the co-star of the 1960s television series I'm Dickens, He's Fenster and for voicing Pac-Man in the 1982 Hanna-Barbera animated television series of the same name.
Ingels in I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962)
March 9, 1936
|Died||October 21, 2015 (aged 79)|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, comedy sketch writer, theatrical agent|
Jean Marie Frassinelli
(m. 1960; div. 1969)
Shirley Jones (m. 1977)
Ingels was born Martin Ingerman to a Jewish family in 1936 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the son of Jacob and Minnie (née Crown) Ingerman. His uncle was Abraham Beame, the mayor of New York City from 1974 to 1977.
Ingels' acting career dates back to the early 1960s. He had his own short-lived ABC television series, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962–63) with John Astin, which lasted one season of thirty-two episodes.
He guest-starred on the CBS sitcoms Pete and Gladys, The Ann Sothern Show, and Hennesey. He also appeared in one episode of ABC's Bewitched as "Diaper Dan", who plants a microphone bug in Tabitha's rattle so a competing advertising agency can scoop and steal Darrin's ideas. He appeared twice as Sol Pomeroy, a United States Army buddy of the character Rob Petrie, on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1978, Ingels guest starred in Season Two, Episode One of The Love Boat.
His voice-overs and commercials include those for Paul Masson wines, with his uniquely raspy voice. He played Autocat in the Motormouse and Autocat cartoons featured first on The Cattanooga Cats and then in a series of their own, and was Beegle Beagle in The Great Grape Ape Show. He appeared in Pac-Man (1982) as the title character. As late as 2010, Ingels was cast in an episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
He also acted in films, including Armored 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), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), Linda Lovelace for President (1975), and Instant Karma (1990). Beginning in the 1970s, Ingels worked primarily as an agent, specializing in representing actors in celebrity endorsement ads.
Ingels was married twice: first to Jean Marie Frassinelli in 1960 (they divorced in 1969 after nine years of marriage); later to singer and actress Shirley Jones on November 13, 1977. Despite some drastically different personalities and several separations (Shirley filed, then withdrew, and later had a divorce petition in 2002), the couple remained married until his death in 2015.
Ingels died from a massive stroke at Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on October 21, 2015, at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife, Shirley Jones, and his stepsons. After Ingels' death, Jones stated "He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core."
Ingels was also known for frequent legal actions, so much that in his obituary in The New York Times Margalit Fox wrote: "[Ingels] always seemed to be suing someone, and someone always seemed to be suing him".
In 1993, Ingels sued actress June Allyson for his agency commission. Allyson had appeared in commercials for Depend, and Ingels alleged he was not paid his proper commission as her agent. Allyson denied wrongdoing and countersued. Ingels pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls to Allyson.
In 2003, he sued radio personality Tom Leykis and Westwood One, saying that comments made about him constituted age discrimination. Ingels had called into Leykis's radio program objecting to the content, and Leykis declared on the air that Ingels was "not just older than my demographic, you’re the grandfather of my demographic." In June 2005, Ingels's lawsuit was dismissed and Ingels was ordered to pay Leykis's $25,000 in legal fees.
Film and televisionEdit
|1958||The Phil Silvers Show||Navy Cook||Episode: "Bilko Jones the Navy"|
|1960||Peter Loves Mary||Joey Vaughn||Episode: "Peter Joins a Committee"|
|Dan Raven||Benny||2 episodes|
|1960–1962||Hennesey||Patient / Waiter||4 episodes|
|1961||Manhunt||Episode: "The Death Trap"|
|The Ann Sothern Show||Erskine Wild||Episode: "Always April"|
|The Aquanauts||Waiter||Episode: "The Tidal Wave Adventure"|
|The Law and Mr. Jones||Tony||Episode: "The Broken Hand"|
|The Ladies Man||Marty Ingels|
|The Detectives||Lazarus||Episode: "Tobey's Place|
|Pete and Gladys||Man||Episode: "Eyewitness"|
|Follow the Sun||Georgie||Episode: "The Girl from the Brandenburg Gate"|
|1961–1962||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Sol Pomeroy||2 episodes|
|1962||The Joey Bishop Show||Freddy||Episode: "Once a Bachelor"|
|The Horizontal Lieutenant||Yeoman Leo Buckles|
|1962–1963||I'm Dickens, He's Fenster||Arch Fenster||32 episodes|
|1964||Wild and Wonderful||Doc Bailey|
|Duncan Be Careful||TV Movie|
|Burke's Law||Wally||Episode: "Who Killed Madison Cooper?"|
|1966||The Addams Family||Dr. Marvin P. Gunderson||Episode: "Cat Addams"|
|Bewitched||Dan||Episode: "Dangerous Diaper Dan"|
|1967||The Busy Body||Willie|
|The Phyllis Diller Show||Norman Krump||7 episodes|
|A Guide for the Married Man||Technical Adviser (Meat Eater)|
|Good Morning World||Jimmy||Episode: "Knits to You, Sir"|
|1968||Kiss Me Kate||Gangster||TV Movie|
|For Singles Only||Archibald Baldwin|
|1969||If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium||Bert Greenfield|
|Motormouse and Autocat||Autocat||Voice, TV Series|
|The Picasso Summer||Man at Party|
|1969–1971||Cattanooga Cats||Autocat||Voice, TV Series|
|1971||The Partners||Eddie Polaski||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1972||Banacek||Marty Ingels||Episode: "Let's Hear It for a Living Legend"|
|1973||The Rookies||Master of Ceremonies||Episode: "Down Home Boy"|
|1973–1974||Adam-12||Siphoner / David Harwood||2 episodes|
|1974||How to Seduce a Woman||Jim|
|1975||Linda Lovelace for President||Ronald Trixie|
|The Great Grape Ape Show||Beegle Beagle||Voice, TV Series|
|The New Tom & Jerry Show||Beegle Beagle||Voice, TV Series|
|The Ghost Busters||Billy the Kid||Episode: "They Went Thataway"|
|1975–1976||Police Story||Howie / Marty Abbott||2 episodes|
|1978||The Love Boat||Joe Nash||Episode: "The Man Who Loved Women/A Different Girl/Oh, My Aching Brother"|
|1979||Family||Gip Goddard||Episode: "Going Straight"|
|1982–1983||Pac-Man||Pac-Man / Sir Chomp-A-Lot||Voice, TV Series, 42 episodes|
|1982||Christmas Comes to Pac-Land||Pac-Man||TV-special|
|1990||The Munsters Today||Ivan||Episode: "Never Say Die"|
|Instant Karma||Jon Clark|
|1990–1991||Murder, She Wrote||Joe Gelardi / Seymour Densch||2 episodes|
|1991||The New Adam-12||Mr. Edwards||Episode: "Crack House|
|What a Dummy||Leonard||Episode: "The Vacation That Never Was"|
|1991–1992||Darkwing Duck||The Devil||Voice, TV Series, 2 episodes|
|1992||The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them||Uncredited|
|Round Numbers||Al Schweitzer|
|1995||Burke's Law||Christopher Kohl||Episode: "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?"|
|Deadly Games||Hank||Episode: "One Mean Mother"|
|1997||Baywatch||Prospector||Episode: "Eel Nino"|
|1998||Walker, Texas Ranger||Murray||Episode: "Crusader"|
|The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story||Hathi||Voice|
|2003||Down the Barrel||Richard Chainey|
|2006||Z-Squad||Butler||Voice, Episode: "Pilot"|
|ER||Mr. Gallagher||Episode: "Heart of the Matter"|
|2007||Chasing Robert||Porn Shop Manager|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marty Felnick||Episode: "Meat Jekyll"|
|2013||A Strange Brand of Happy||Mack|
|New Girl||Pickled Patron||Episode: "The Box"|
|2014||Burt Paxton: Private Detective||Grandpa||TV Series short|
|The Middle Ages||Pop-pop / Richard / Willy||3 episodes|
Final television role
|2019||Bruce the Challenge||Gramps||(final film role)|
|1997||Zork: Grand Inquisitor||Griff|
- ABC News: "Marty Ingels, Husband of Shirley Jones, Dies at 79" October 22, 2015
- Entry for Marty Ingels - Film Reference Database
- Washington post: "Marty Ingels, actor-turned-agent and husband of Shirley Jones, dies at 79" By Steve Chawkins October 24, 2015
- Marty Ingels on IMDb
- Fox, Margalit (October 22, 2015). "Marty Ingels, Actor and Comedian, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. p. A24.
- "Marty Ingels dies at 79; comedian was known for his raspy voice, marriage to Shirley Jones". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. October 22, 2015.
- "Marty Ingels, Shirley Jones Dead at 79". variety.com. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
- Ingels vs. Westwood One Services, Inc. et al.
- Welkos, Robert W. (2005-07-06). "Not too old to sue Tom Leykis". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-02-16.