Lou Cutell, an actor well known for appearances in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Seinfeld,” died at 91 this week. One of his close friends, Mark Furman, announced Cutell’s death in a Facebook post late Monday night. He did not say anything about the cause of death.
“After 91 years, and a great life, my friend Lou Cutell went home,” Furman began in the post’s caption. “A film, theater and character actor. Big Larry in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Ass Man in Seinfeld, Abe in Grey’s Anatomy S12,E4. He took me to Lucille Ball’s house in 1986. Rest in peace Lou.”
You can see heartwarming pictures of Lou Cutell and Mark Furman in the post below.
According to The New York Post, Cutell was born on Oct. 6, 1930, in New York City. He started out on Broadway, performing in “The Young Abe Lincoln” in 1961. But by 1964, Lou Cutell had switched over to television, first appearing on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
You might also recognize Cutell from TV stints in “The Wild West,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “The Bob Newhart Show” back in the 1960s and 70s. By then, he’d also moved into the filmmaking business. Some of Cutell’s more notable movie roles include Amazing Larry on “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and Dr. Brainard in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.”
But his most memorable roles include an appearance on “Seinfeld” in 1995. During the infamous episode called “The Fusilli Jerry,” Kramer gets the wrong license plate, which says “Assman.” At the end of the episode, we find out that Lou Cutell’s character is the infamous “Assman” whose plates got mixed up.
And his other memorable role was actually Cutell’s last television appearance. On a 2015 episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Cutell played Abe, a kind patient who struck up a friendship with Arizona Robbins before he died.
Where Else Might You Have Seen Lou Cutell?
Though Lou Cutell had few recurring roles, he made several guest appearances in dozens of TV shows and movies over the decades. Including several high-profile series.
For instance, Cutell appeared in a 1991 episode of “The Golden Girls” as Irving. Fans also saw him in “The Wonder Years,” “Will & Grace,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” In terms of films, Lou Cutell’s last film appearance was in the 2005 film “Wedding Crashers” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. And of course, his last on-screen appearance was in that one episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2015.
During the last few decades of his life, Lou Cutell also got back into drama and theater. He penned a Broadway show called “Sicilian Bachelor” along with Norma Helms and Tino Trischitta, according to The Daily Mail. He also co-wrote “Viagra Falls” with Joao Machado, starring in that as well as “Sicilian Bachelor.”