Thursday, August 25, 2016

Marvin Kaplan, RIP

A veteran character actor departs.

Marvin Kaplan, a prolific character actor best known for his recurring role as Henry Beesmeyer on the 1976-85 sitcom Alice and as the voice of Choo-Choo on the cartoon Top Cat has died. He was 89 and died from natural causes in his Burbank home. ...

Kaplan’s voice became familiar to generations of children thanks to his work on the cartoon series Top Cat from 1961-62. Voicing Choo-Choo, the pink, turtleneck-clad cat, he reprised the role for 1987’s Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats. He also voiced characters on Garfield and Friends, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Johnny Bravo, and 2011’s The Garfield Show among others. ...

Mr. Kaplan began a long career in films and television with Adam's Rib after discovery by Katherine Hepburn. He was a series regular through nine season of the sitcom Alice, had a recurring role on Becker and did innumerable guest shots on a wide variety of half-hour TV comedies and hour-long dramas.

He leaves no survivors.


Ken Roskos said...

I met him at a Thanksgiving dinner years ago, when a friend invited me over. Very talented, very energetic man. It was great to meet "Frisbee" from the film "The Great Race" as well as the voice of Choo-Choo.

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