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Multi-talented actor Chuck McCann started his show business career in New York City in the 1960s working on various children's television programs like "Captain Kangaroo,""Rootie Kazootie," and his own popular, puppet-oriented program "The Chuck McCann Show." A long-time fan of classic comedians Laurel and Hardy and a founding member of The Sons of the Desert (a fan club dedicated to the beloved duo), he frequently performed as Hardy on the television program "Chuck McCann's Laurel and Hardy Show," as well as on stage. In 1968, he co-starred in his first feature film, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," as a deaf mute. He later starred in "The Projectionist" as a movie-obsessed film projectionist who tries to live in his cinematic fantasies. He took bit parts in Mel Brooks's comedies "Silent Movie" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." He also appeared on various TV programs including voicing Leatherneck on the animated "G.I. Joe" in 1986, The Thing on the animated "Fantastic Four," and as a judge on the legal drama "Boston Legal." McCann can be seen in a series of popular Right Guard commercials and as the voice of the crazed bird hungry for Cocoa Puffs cereal. But for many younger viewers, McCann is probably best remembered for his role as an exasperated NASA maintenance worker stuck on the moon with his moronic partner (played by Bob Denver) in the Sid and Marty Krofft kids show "Far Out Space Nuts."
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