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Actor and comedian Marty Ingels dies at 79

Marty Ingels, the actor, comedian, and talent agent who was married to Shirley Jones for almost 40 years, died Wednesday following a massive stroke. He was 79.

"He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won't miss him and love him to my core," Jones said. Ingels was one of the stars of the 1962 ABC comedy I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, and appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, ER, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, CSI, and New Girl. He was also in several movies during the 1960s, including The Picasso Summer and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. Before becoming an actor, Ingels, who was born in Brooklyn in 1936, served in the Army. He worked on hundreds of commercials and cartoon series in the 1970s and 1980s, and also launched his own talent agency, Ingels Inc., which booked television commercials for John Wayne, Cary Grant, Orson Welles, and other notable actors, Variety reports.

Ingels and Jones met at a party at Michael Landon's house in 1974, and married in 1977. The pair published an autobiography, Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story, in 1990, and Ingels once said: "I was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn and she was Miss America. A lot of people never got that." In addition to Jones, he is survived by stepsons Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, and Ryan Cassidy; niece Lauren Ingerman; and 12 grandchildren.