Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Arnold Stang has died

Veteran voice actor Arnold Stang has died. IMDb list his date of birth as 1925, but his family revealed the actual date to be 1918, making Stang 91. Stang did voices for one-reeler cartoons in the 1940s and 1950s, although perhaps his best-known voice work was as Top Cat in the Hanna/Barbera cartoon of the early 1960s. Stang also did live-action work on both TV and in the movies, although almost all of it was in supporting roles of the sort that would have been filled by character actors in a previous generation. The picture at left is Stang, with Frank Sinatra, in The Man With the Golden Arm. Stang also appeared as one of the gas station attendants who sees his station destroyed by Jonathan Winters in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and as a gangster who's a houseguest of Jackie Gleason in Skidoo.

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