Monday, January 21, 2008

R.I.P. Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin, character actor extraordinaire, has passed away at the age of 84 on January 17.

Melvin, on the very right, as one of Ernie Bilko's (Phil Silvers) collaborators Cpl. Henshaw.

Melvin was a staple on many TV shows during the 60s and 70s including The Brady Bunch, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show and All In The Family. He was the voice of Magilla Gorilla and many other bit characters in Hanna Barbara productions like The Banana Splits, Dynomutt Dog Wonder and The Kwicky Koala Show.

To me, he was Henshaw on The Phil Silvers Show, one half of the duo that made Sgt. Bilko's schemes possible on the best TV comedy show ever produced. He will be missed.

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