Marty Feldman’s comic career and tragic life: He was denied access to television because people were “frightened” by his eyes

Marty Feldman was a comedy genius who never shied away from self-deprecation. The British actor made a major success in the 1974 Mel Brooks picture Young Frankenstein, in which the name of his character, Igor, was pronounced “Eye-Gor.”

Feldman’s eyes were misaligned and protruded because of thyroid eye illness, commonly known as Graves’ disease, which he sadly had.

(GERMANY OUT) Marty Feldman – Komiker, Autor,Schauspieler, Regisseur – um 1974 (Photo by Rainer Binder/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Feldman enjoyed making fun of himself, but his eye issue made life difficult for him. As he entered the entertainment industry, his own employer even made fun of him because he had been bullied as a young guy. Feldman, however, vowed never to let it get to him, and in the certainty that his differences wouldn’t stop him from improving his writing and acting abilities,