Erwin passed away at his Los Angeles home on 29 December (10), reportedly dying of natural causes.
Best known for his role as angry old man Sid Fields in an episode of Seinfeld, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, Erwin was a familiar face on U.S. TV, working continuously on the small screen over five decades.
He was a regular in Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing Dr. Dalen Quaice, and throughout his career he appeared in a number of successful shows, including Mister Ed, Married with Children, Growing Pains, The Golden Girls, Moonlighting and most recently, My Name Is Earl.
Erwin also enjoyed a handful of film roles, starring opposite Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour in 1980's Somewhere in Time, as well as appearing in a number of movies directed by John Hughes, including Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Home Alone.
He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren.