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He also appeared for Mel Brooks in ‘High Anxiety’ and ‘Silent Movie’ and voiced Stu Pickles on ‘The Rugrats.’
Actor Jack Riley, who specialized in playing neurotic comic characters like psychologist patient Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 81.
Riley, who also voiced Stu Pickles on The Rugrats cartoon and appeared in several Mel Brooks comedies, died in a Los Angeles hospital of pneumonia after a long illness, Paul Doherty at Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty told The Hollywood Reporter.
Riley appeared in the Brooks-directed films Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Spaceballs (1987) and in two other movies that Brooks produced, Frances (1982) and To Be or Not to Be (1983).
A native of Cleveland, Riley was funny as the mean-spirited and morose Elliot in 49 episodes of CBS’ The Bob Newhart Show, which starred the comic as a psychologist working out of a Chicago high-rise. The series aired from 1972-78.
Riley also appeared as his Elliot character on ALF and St. Elsewhere.
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