Marty Ingels Dies: Actor, Husband Of Shirley Jones Was 79

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Actor and comedian Marty Ingels dies at 79.

After Marty Ingels and his wife, actress Shirley Jones, went through a painful, yearlong separation, they arranged to meet for a reconciliation session at their therapist’s office. Ingels was best known for his eccentric humor in the 1960s and beyond, appearing in dozens of roles in programs like I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched and Pete and Gladys.

Marty Ingels, an actor, comedian and the husband of Shirley Jones, has died at the age of 79 in Tarzana, Calif. after suffering a stroke, Jones announced on Wednesday.Sudden passing: Jones released a statement Wednesday saying Ingles suffered a massive heart attack and passed away at a medical center in the LA suburb of Tarzana. In 1962, he landed the role of Arch Fenster in the ABC comedy I’m Dickens… “He often drove me insane, but there’s not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core”, Jones told Variety.

He had roles in such films as Sid Caesar’s The Busy Body (1967), the Walter Matthau comedy A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and the Albert Finney drama The Picasso Summer (1969). Although it only lasted one season, this Leonard Stern sitcom about two carpenters, one married and one single, has become a cult favorite among classic television fans. In 1993 he represented late actress June Allyson for a few TV commercial work, but soon there was a rift between the two, based on commission Ingels felt he was owed. Among his roles were Beegle Beagle in The Great Grape Ape Show, AutoCat in the Autocat and Motormouse cartoons which aired as part of The Cattanooga Cats and their own series, and as Pac-Man on the 1980s animated series. Ingels had been married to Jones since 1977. “As he himself said, “I was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn and she was Miss America”. “Rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, but a lot of people the right way”.

During this period Ingels also launched his own talent rep firm, Ingels Inc., which specialized in booking TV commercials for notable actors such as John Wayne, Cary Grant and Orson Welles. I went home and spent several months in my house and became a very serious recluse.” “The ultimate oxymoron: I was once invited to an agoraphobic convention,” he said. “What? He brokered deals for Orson Welles, Howard Cosell, Don Knotts, Farrah Fawcett Majors, Rudy Vallee and other stars. “Basically, I dropped out of show business because I couldn’t control anything,” Mr. Now, I’m in control.” Jones, who starred in “The Music Man” (1962) and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1961 for her role in “Elmer Gantry,” played the mother on TV’s “The Partridge Family” in the 1970s.

She was described in a 1979 Los Angeles Times story as “sweet-voiced, radiantly pretty, cheerfully self-assured” and possessed of “restraint, inner calm and discreet understatement.” When Jones was filming a TV movie, Mr. In 1984, he and Jones settled their case against the National Enquirer, which falsely crowed in a headline that “Husband’s Bizarre Behavior Is Driving Shirley Jones to Drink.” The supermarket tabloid had to apologize and pay the couple unspecified damages.

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