TV Legend Marty Ingels Dies At 79


Marty Ingels, an actor best known for his role in the 1960s TV series "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster," has passed away at the age of 79.

The husband of actress and singer Shirley Mae Jones suffered a massive stroke and died on Oct. 21 at Tarzana Medical Center.

Ingels' acting career dates back to the early '60s when he appeared as himself in the NBC crime drama show "Dan Raven," alongside Skip Homeier. His big break came with the ABC TV series "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster," where he co-starred with John Astin. The show ran from 1962 and ended a year later, after 32 episodes.

Ingels was also involved in voice-over and commercials. Known for his unique, raspy voice, his iconic characters include the voice of AutoCat in the cartoon "Autocat and Motormouse" and Beegle Beagle in "The Great Grape Ape Show." Ingels played the title character in the 1982 TV series "Pac-Man" and was also cast in the CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

His filmography includes "Instant Karma," "Linda Lovelace for President," "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium," "The Picasso Summer," "For Singles Only," "A Guide for the Married Man," "The Busy Body," "Wild and Wonderful," "The Horizontal Lieutenant" and "Armored Command."

Despite their drastically different personalities, Ingels married Academy Award winner Shirley Jones on Nov. 13, 1977. In 2002, Jones filed for a divorce, but then withdrew the petition. They remained married until Ingel's recent death, and co-authored an autobiography based entitled "Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story."

The book features a recounting of "the successful marriage of Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels and describes their respective careers, Shirley's previous marriage to the womanizing Jack Cassidy, and Shirley and Marty's bittersweet romance.

"He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won't miss him and love him to my core," Jones said.

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