Sponsored Links

 

Celebrities - Allan Melvin

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in New York City, Melvin attended Columbia University.[2] After graduation he served in the United States Navy and married his wife, Amalia Faustina Sestero, in March 1944 in New York City. While working at a job in the sound effects department of NBC Radio, he did a nightclub act and appeared and won on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts radio show. While appearing on Broadway in Stalag 17, he got his break into television by getting the role of Corporal Steve Henshaw[3] on the popular The Phil Silvers Show program.[2] TV fans of this era usually best remember his role as Henshaw, Sergeant Bilko's right hand man on that show. "He was proudest of that show," Amalia Melvin said. "I think the camaraderie of all those guys made it such a pleasant way to work. They were so relaxed."[2] During this period, in addition to his role on The Phil Silvers Show, Melvin was often cast in slightly loud, occasionally abrasive, but generally friendly second banana roles. Melvin was also adept at "tough guy" roles; in an example of his range as an actor, one episode of Sergeant Bilko featured Melvin doing a recognizable impersonation of Humphrey Bogart. In the 1960s, Melvin played Staff Sergeant Charlie Hacker who was Sergeant Vince Carter's rival for four seasons on Gomer Pyle, USMC. He also made eight appearances[4] on the Dick Van Dyke Show. He also provided the voices of cartoon character Magilla Gorilla, the lion Drooper on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, arch villain Tyrone in The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty and Bluto on The All-New Popeye Hour. Melvin also made eight guest appearances on The Andy Griffith Show in eight different roles, usually as heavies. Melvin is remembered for supporting roles on two popular 1970s sitcoms. He played Sam Franklin, the owner of a local butcher shop and boyfriend of Alice Nelson (the Bradys' housekeeper) on The Brady Bunch, and Barney Hefner, Archie Bunker's neighbor and friend on All in the Family. In other contributions to 1970s pop culture, he appeared as a Mel's Diner patron on Alice and worked as a voice artist (under the name "Al Melvin"). He provided several characters' voices for the TV show H.R. Pufnstuf and the voice of Vultan, King of the Hawk Men on The New Adventures of Flash Gordon. Some of his most prolific work has been in television commercials, for products as diverse as Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes and Remington electric razors. In the latter commercial, he sang a few bars of Frank Loesser's song "I Believe in You" with a modified lyric. He also did a series of commercials for Liquid-Plumr drain opener. In the early 1980s, Melvin appeared as a regular in Archie Bunker's Place, a successor to All in the Family, in which he played the now more important role of Barney Hefner. When this series ended in 1983, Melvin's work was exclusively devoted to cartoon voice-overs. Allan Melvin died of cancer on January 17, 2008, aged 84.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Melvin
eBay Link: View Allan Melvin on eBay

Boned When... (Login to Submit a Reason)

#ReasonWhy?VotesVote
1 Never Boned Still rocks.
21
Please Login to Vote
2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
0
Please Login to Vote

Allan Melvin Comments (You must Login to Comment)

#Comments
1 His work on Liquid Plumber almost made me look forward to clogged drains! LOL RIP Mr. Melvin. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on March 10, 2012, 12:14 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 He also did many cartoon voices, such as McGilla, Pumpkin Puss and Bristlehound from the It's the Wolf cartoons. He was also a regular on the Phil Silvers Show. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on March 8, 2012, 2:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 You may not know him by name but I'll bet you know his face and voice. He was Barney on All in the Family, Sam the butcher in the Brady Bunch, and my all time personal favorite, Sgt Charlie Hacker on Gomer Pyle USMC. He guest starred on many other shows, usually as the heavy. One of the best guest spots he did was on Andy Griffith when he went up against Barney Fife. Allan lived a long life and was in a long happy marriage, something rare in Hollywood. Allan will always rock! -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on March 7, 2012, 9:43 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

Login to See the QUICK COMMENT Box

BONETHEFISH

Log in to BTF


Register - Forgot password?


Follow on Twitter!

App on Facebook

www.bonethefish.com

Related eBay Auctions

Powered By: TempusMedia - (Page load took:0.901 seconds)