LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Bill Macy, the long-suffering foil for Bea Arthur's feminist "Maude" on the 1970s sitcom, has died at the age of 97, The Associated Press reported Friday.
He died Thursday night in Los Angeles, his friend Matt Beckoff told the AP. Further details were not available.
His run on "Maude" as Walter Findlay from 1972-1978 was his highest-profile role during a long stage, film and TV career, the AP said. He also appeared in series such as "Seinfeld," "How I Met Your Mother" and "ER."
"Maude" was spun off from Norman Lear's "All in the Family."
"He was a rare and great comic actor," Lear said in a statement Friday to The Associated Press. "There was only one Bill Macy."
He was born Wolf Garber in 1922 in Revere, Massachusetts, the wire service said. He had a long career in theater in film, including being an original cast member of the 1969-1972 stage sensation "Oh! Calcutta!" that featured fully nude actors.
He was in the movies "The Holiday," "Analyze This," "The Jerk" and "My Favorite Year."
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