Peter Crombie, a basic TV menace on “Seinfeld,” dies at 71


Peter Crombie, the actor who memorably performed “Loopy” Joe Davola on TV’s “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 71.

“It’s with shock and excessive unhappiness that I share my ex-husband died this morning,” introduced Crombie’s ex-wife Nadine Kijner on Thursday in an Instagram put up, sharing a number of images from their wedding ceremony. Kijner advised TMZ that he died Wednesday from an undisclosed sickness.

“Thanks for therefore many fantastic recollections and being such an excellent man,” Kijner continued in her put up. “Fly free into the unboundless supply of sunshine, Peter. Might you be greeted with love by your mother and father and Oliver [Crombie’s pet cat]. So, so many individuals beloved you since you had been a form, giving, caring and artistic soul.”

Raised in Chicago, Crombie is finest recognized for stealing scenes within the fourth season of NBC’s “Seinfeld” as “Loopy” Joe Davola, a psychopath obsessive about terrorizing the titular character (Jerry Seinfeld). Crombie later performed Frankenstein’s creature in NBC’s 1997 miniseries “Home of Frankenstein.”

“I’ve gone from terrorizing Jerry, Kramer and Elaine to terrorizing all of Los Angeles,” he advised Leisure Weekly in 1997 of the 2 roles. Although he spent his profession enjoying “tormented folks,” his “Seinfeld” character remained his most well-known, because of the collection’ syndication. “I can at all times inform once they’re airing it as a result of I’ll be strolling down the road and somebody will go, ‘Hey, Joe!’”

A graduate of Yale Drama Faculty, Crombie additionally appeared within the movies “Se7en,” “My Canine Skip,” “The Doorways,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Pure Born Killers” and 1988’s remake of “The Blob,” in addition to the TV reveals “Regulation & Order,” “Star Trek: Deep House 9,” “L.A. Regulation,” “Get Sensible” and “NYPD Blue,” amongst others. His final onscreen efficiency is credited as a 2000 episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Associates and colleagues of Crombie paid tribute to the late actor on social media. “Am heartbroken by the dying of my good buddy,” comic Lewis Black wrote on X. “He was a gifted artist. Not solely was he a beautiful actor however an immensely proficient author. Extra importantly he was as candy as he was clever and I’m a greater particular person for figuring out him.”

“For individuals who knew him, he was a delicate and dependable buddy of sentimental phrases and expressive work as an actor and a author,” director and photographer Invoice Stetz wrote on Fb. “Relaxation in peace, Peter.”


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