Actor and frequent Wes Anderson collaborator Kumar Pallana has died at the age of 94.

Anderson, who discovered Pallana at a diner that he and confederate Owen Wilson frequented, cast him in his feature film debut "Bottle Rocket" (Pallana was 80 at the time). Pallana would follow up that performance as the groundskeeper Mr. LittleJeans in "Rushmore" and Gene Hackman's sidekick and spy Pagoda in "The Royal Tenenbaums." He later had a brief role in Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited."

As the AV Club notes, Pallana was born in colonial India and first made a name for himself as a vaudevillian known as Kumar of India, appearing on "Captain Kangaroo" in 1961 (he was spinning plates, of course). By the time Anderson rediscovered Pallana he was working in his son's coffee shop in Dallas, Texas.

Outside of the Wes Anderson universe, Pallana starred in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" and gave a wonderfully emotive performance in indie sci-fi flick "Another Earth."

Pallana was a gifted comedic actor, both in and out of Wes Anderson's movies, and he will be greatly missed.

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