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Uncle Leo of 'Seinfeld': A musical tribute to Len Lesser

February 17, 2011 |  8:23 am

Len Lesser -- "Seinfeld's"' cantankerous Uncle Leo -- has died.

As Lesser once told the Los Angeles Times about his character: "He's the kind of guy who is a total nuisance at times and the kind of guy you avoid. He's is very warm and outgoing and loud. He's a very expansive character, and that has an attraction to it I think.

"Many people have told me, 'Oh my God. My father is like you.' "

"Something comes up every day," Lesser said in a 1998 interview with The Times. "I just want to do stuff that interests me now. Suddenly, in my old age, I'm working and I'm known much more than I ever had been."

So it's no wonder the Internet is abuzz with remembrances and tributes to the actor, who died Wednesday in Burbank. To wit: the above YouTube video, which was actually posted in January, set to the song "Lido Shuffle" by Boz Scaggs.

-- Scott Sandell

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