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Allan Melvin 1922-2007
January 19th, 2008

I just learned of the passing of veteran character actor Allan Melvin at age 84. Headlines just mention him as the butcher in the Brady Bunch, but he had a long pedigree in TV and TV Animation.
He was a regular on classic TV shows like Sgt. Bilko, Ben Casey and McHales' Navy, but at Hanna & Barbera he was the voice of MAGILLA GORILLA, H.R. PUFNSTUFF and one of the BANANA SPLITS.
He contributed his voice talents to other cartoons like DYNOMUTT, SECRET SQUIRREL, KWIKY KOALA, CHALLENGE OF THE GOBOTS, FOOFER, WACKY & PACKY, GUMMI BEARS, ELECTRO, HONG KONG PHOOEY, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALDO KITTY and many more. His file at IMDB reads like a digest of classic 1960s television.

Though I never met him, I worked on some of the stuff he voiced. And as a young sprout I certainly was entertained by him. So thank you Allan, for making us all smile!