He played Alfred Pennyworth in Birds of Prey, Justin Pitt during the sixth season of Seinfeld, Rupert Cavanaugh in Desperate Housewives, Professor Crumbs in Wizards of Waverly Place, and Palpatine on Star Wars The Clone Wars.
Abercrombie was born onSeptember 1934 in Grays, Essex, England. He began his theatrical career during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals in stage dancing, he performed in London, Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands. He moved to the United States at age 17.