Bill Erwin has passed away at the age of 96. Bill Erwin was an actor who got his start in the 1950s, but is probably most well known for his role on the hit series, Seinfeld. Erwin played an old man named Sid Fields that Jerry Seinfeld volunteered to spend time with. His character was convinced that the maid was stealing his money, and that Jerry was trying to get rid of him.
Bill Erwin’s best known line from Seinfeld was, “I wasn’t born yesterday. I might drop dead today, but I sure as hell wasn’t born yesterday.”
Other than his gig on Seinfeld, here are five things about Bill Erwin you may not know:
1. In addition to his acting career, Bill Erwin was a cartoonist. He was published in the New Yorker, and Playboy.
2. Bill Erwin was a father and grandfather. He had two daughters, two sons, and eight grandchildren.
3. He played Jack Nicholson’s father in Nicholson’s first starring role in 1958, “Cry Baby Killer.”
4. Erwin is also well known for his role as “Arthur” in the movie “Somewhere In Time”, which also starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The famous movie was filmed at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan.
5. In addition to Seinfeld, his TV credits include I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Growing Pains, and Married With Children, to name a few.