Stephen Lee, who famously portrayed the hilarious cabinet installer on Seinfeld, has died at the age of 58.
According to his friend Lisa Pescia, Lee passed away after he suffered a serious heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, the Hollywood Reporter claimed on Wednesday.
Lee became known after he had a super-funny role as a crazed cabinet installer on a Seinfeld episode. When Jerry Seinfeld wanted new cabinets in his apartment, Lee’s character was very slow at completing his job, and was a little nutty on how he went about doing it.
However, when he finally finished the work, he built a huge kitchen fit for a mansion, because Seinfeld told him to get it done in any way he needed and would not answer any more questions on the cabinet design.
Lee began his career in the early 1980s, appearing on popular television dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Who’s the Boss? and Remington Steele. Additionally, he landed a recurring role on Nash Bridges and went on to guest-star in even more shows like Quantum Leap, Cybill, Murder One and Dark Angel.
He also had spots in more recent hit television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Bones and The West Wing. Plus, Lee also appeared in several big-screen films including WarGames, La Bamba, The Negotiator and Burlesque. The seasoned actor’s other recent roles include work in Ghost Whisperer and Numbers as well.
Lee was born in New Jersey in 1955 and lived in Europe for the first 15 years of his life. He was not married at the time of his death.