Peter Crombie, 71, who portrayed a fan-favorite character on ‘Seinfeld,’ passed away at a Palm Springs, CA medical facility on Jan. 10th according to weekend reports. Crombie, celebrated for his role as “Crazy” Joe Davola in five episodes of the groundbreaking television sitcom, was recovering from an unspecified surgery according to The New York Times.
The outlet reported that Crombie’s former wife Nadine Kijner confirmed his death in a statement posted to Instagram with a picture of her and the late actor.
“It is with shock and extreme sadness that I share my Ex-husband died this morning. Thank you for so many wonderful memories and being such a good man. Fly free into the Un-boundless source of light, Peter. May you be greeted with love by your parents, and Oliver 🐈⬛. So so many people loved you because you were a kind, giving, caring and creative Soul. #petercrombie #transition #grief #love #joy #gift #RIP #peace #thankyou❤️ #yaleactors #compassion #angel”
Crombie’s popular character, Davola, was described as a “temperamental character” by the Times and notably stalked the titular character of Jerry Seinfeld, a fictionalized version of the standup comedian, and develops a deep-seated hatred of him as his five-episode arc progresses. His character’s stalking later spills over to supporting character Elaine Benes portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Season 4 Episode 4, ‘The Ticket,’ centers around Seinfeld seeking a pilot for a proposed show with NBC and going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Davola.
In another well-known season four moment, Crombie as Davola threatens Seinfeld in a voicemail telling him, “Jerry, Joe Davola … I know what you said about me, Seinfeld. I know you badmouth me to the execs at NBC, put the kibosh on my deal. Now I’m going to put the kibosh on you. You know I’ve kiboshed before. And I will kibosh again.”
According to IMDB, Crombie was a native of Chicago and was also recognized for his film roles in The Blob in 1988, Se7en in 1995, and My Dog Skip in 2000. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, Crombie would go on to portray Frankenstein’s Creature in the 1997 production House of Frankenstein, and appeared in various one-off roles in several leading shows of the 90s and early 2000s including Perfect Strangers, American Playhouse, As the World Turns, H.E.L.P., Law & Order, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, L.A. Law, L.A. Firefighters, Picket Fences, NYPD Blue and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Am heartbroken by the death of my good friend Peter Crombie. He was a gifted artist. Not only was he a wonderful actor but an immensely talented writer. More importantly he was as sweet as he was intelligent and I am a better person for knowing him.
— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) January 13, 2024