Marty Ingels, 79, a raspy-voiced Brooklynite who was married to actress Shirley Jones and co-starred with John Astin in the 1960s sitcom “I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster,” died at Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif., on Wednesday.

He had suffered a stroke, said his agent, Milton Suchin.

Ingels also appeared on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Addams Family” and other sitcoms. He played comic roles in many films, including “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” (1969).

In his later years, he was the cartoon voice of Pac-Man, and did voice-overs on many other cartoons and commercials.

His life spun out of control in the early 1970s, when he was swamped with financial problems, went through a divorce and endured what he later described as a nervous breakdown on “The Tonight Show.”

Ingels emerged from his isolation and eventually found a new line of work: Booking celebrities in commercials.

Ingels signed Rudy Vallee to pitch record albums on TV. He also brokered deals for Orson Welles, Howard Cosell, Don Knotts and Farrah Fawcett.

He was best known as half of what many thought was one of Hollywood’s oddest couples. Jones, who played the mother on “The Partridge Family,” was “a golden girl of film,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in 1979.

Ingels, meanwhile was “a sort of Woody Allen character who often sees his special niche as a shelf in the Lost & Found department, a self-doubting comic-turned-talent agent who talks at top speed and makes no effort to mask his inner turbulence.”

“He often drove me crazy,” Jones said in a statement, “but there’s not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core.”

Born in Brooklyn on March 9, 1936, Martin Ingerman came from a family of dentists. His uncle, Abraham Beame, was mayor of New York City from 1974 to 1977.

Ingels went to Queens College for six weeks and served in the Army. He worked in summer stock theater and eventually moved to California.

In addition to Jones, Ingels is survived by his stepsons Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy; and 12 grandchildren.

 

Robert M. White, 92, a meteorologist who revolutionized the nation’s weather forecasting system, was the first to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and warned of climate change long before it was widely recognized, died Oct. 14 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md.

The cause was complications of dementia, his nephew David F. White said.

White led the federal government’s weather agencies from the 1960s through the late 1970s in a career that spanned five presidencies, starting with that of John F. Kennedy.

During that time, he helped construct a sophisticated satellite and computer network that fundamentally changed how people observe the atmosphere, leading to major improvements in early warnings for floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. He also represented the United States at the first global forum on climate change, held in Geneva in 1979.

“Between 1945 and 2005, no one played a bigger role in weather and climate globally than Bob did,” said Jesse Ausubel, an environmental scientist at Rockefeller University who once worked with White.

Robert Mayer White was born on Feb. 13, 1923, in the Dorchester section of Boston. He was one of four siblings. His older brother Theodore became a distinguished reporter and author and won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for “The Making of the President, 1960.”

After graduating from the Boston Latin School, Robert White studied geology at Harvard University and received his master’s degree and doctorate in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mavis E. White; a son, Richard; and a daughter, Edwina White. Theodore White died in 1986, at 71.

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