‘Hannah Montana’ star, ‘Gotham’ alum dies at 92
LOS ANGELES — The actor who played Hannah Montana on ABC’s “Hannah-Montana” died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 92, her manager confirmed to NBC News.
Mark S. Dieter, who produced the show and acted as executive producer, said in a statement Saturday that the actor died at his home in San Francisco.
He had been ill with dementia and was taking medication, Dieter said.
Dieter was born Jan. 16, 1942, in New York City.
He became known for his role as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man” films and “The Simpsons” television show.
Deater, an Irish-American, was a comic and television writer who worked in television, radio and film for more than 40 years.
He appeared in a number of films including “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across America,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Gothams” and “Gangsters.”
Dieters career began in television with “Buckaroo Banz” in 1975, which he co-wrote with the actor Michael J. Fox.
The series aired for seven seasons.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role of “The Cat” in “Gangs of New York” in 1985, and he also won an Emmy for his work on the “Gossip Girl” television series.
He later played a character named “The King” on the NBC series “Saturday Night Live.”
Deaters work on TV was a favorite of the late comedian David Letterman and his wife, the late Nancy O’Dell, who co-starred on the show.