BILL ERWIN, the Emmy Award nominated American actor best known for his role as 'Sid Fields' in a classic episode of Seinfeld, has died at his home in Studio City California, close to the former production lot of the hit US sitcom. Erwin, who was 96-years-old, passed away on 29th December 2010, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A respected actor who worked in film, television, and on the stage, Erwin was perhaps best known for starring in a 1993 episode of Seinfeld which fans of the sitcom often cite as being of the best that the show ever produced. Erwin played an elderly man whom Jerry Seinfeld volunteers to spend time with. However, 'Sid' is foul-mouthed, constantly paranoid and claims that the Cia is out to get him. During the episode, the cantankerous Sid exclaims, "I wasn't born yesterday. I might drop dead today, but I sure as hell wasn't born yesterday!" As well as his turn on the hit show, Erwin also played 'Arthur the Bellman' in the popular 1980 romantic drama 'Somewhere in Time' starring Jane Seymour.
The actor also worked as a cartoonist and had work published in a number of high-profile publications, most notably the New Yorker, Playboy, and the Los Angeles Magazine. He is survived by four children and eight grandchildren.