If you’re a huge Wes Anderson fan like myself, you’ll be saddened to know that the legendary Kumar Pallana has passed away at the age of 94. He became infamous for his small-time roles in most of Anderson’s film, especially as Royal’s sidekick and eventual stabee in the Royal Tenebaums, as Mr. Littlejeans in Rushmore and his part as one of Owen Wilson’s inept partners in crime in Wes’ debut film, Bottle Rocket. Only making his screen debut at the ripe old age of 80, his previous escapades were incredibly fulfilling and interesting. Born in Colonial India, he made a name for himself as an entertainer in America in the 1950’s with his speciality plate spinning. Check out Pallana showing off his plate spinning skills below in an awesome mini-documentary on the most important thing in his life, his faith. The documentary shows Pallana living every day to the fullest even at 93 and the commends the upmost respect.
Pallana’s passing will leave a great hole in Andersons’ upcoming films. Though his role was small, the best part about Wes’ singular film universe is the details and Kumar was a detail that will be sorely missed. “What’d you think of the play, Mr. LittleJeans” “Best play ever, man.