Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rest in Peace, Marvin Kaplan

Marvin Kaplan, best known for playing Henry, the phone company worker who frequented Mel's Diner on the sitcom Alice and for voicing "Choo-Choo" in the Hanna Barbera classic cartoon series Top Cat, has passed away at age 89.

Mr. Kaplan got his start in show business in the late 1940's, taking a small role in the movie Adam's Rib. His most high profile role was in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World after which he turned primarily to television roles, guest starring on such shows as Petticoat Junction. His biggest role was on Alice, however, a part he held for the entire run of the series.

After Alice, he took mostly voice over work, his most recent role being in 2011's The Garfield Show.