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Jeff Conaway Among Stars Left Out of Emmys' 'In Memoriam' Segment

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The "In Memoriam" segment that aired during Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast omitted a few notable celebrity deaths from the past year. Entertainment Weekly points out that Grease and Taxi star Jeff Conaway, Len "Uncle Leo" Lesser of Seinfeld fame and The Cosby Show actress Clarice Taylor were not included in the video.

The TV Academy has a general statement on its official website regarding omissions from the annual segment. It writes, "Unfortunately, due to inevitable time limitations, the producers of the telecast are not able to include all of the worthy television professionals who have passed away from year to year." The Academy also notes that all TV professionals who have died in the past year are listed in its "In Memoriam" database.

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'Seinfeld' Actor Len 'Uncle Leo' Lesser, Dead at 88

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Len Lesser, known to Seinfeld fans for his portrayal of Uncle Leo in the 1990s sitcom, has died. Lesser passed away Wednesday in Burbank, California from cancer-related pneumonia, according to his family. He was 88 years old.

Lesser played Jerry Seinfeld's uncle, Leo, on over a dozen episodes of Seinfeld, frequently greeting Seinfeld with his trademark "Jerry! Hellooooooooo!" Lesser also had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing Garvin, a friend of Peter Boyle's Frank.

Lesser's lengthy list of TV credits also included appearances on Get Smart, The Monkees, Bonanza, Kojak, ER, and, most recently, Castle. In addition, he appeared in the classic films Birdman of Alcatraz, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Kelly's Heroes.

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