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JackDurant ( 2006-10-24 )
Source: 4th Edition of "Total Television" by Alex McNeil
Arnold Stang was the voice of Top Cat in the cartoon series September 27, 1961-September 26, 1962.
albatros1 ( 2008-02-20 )
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Arnold Stang (born September 28, 1925 in Chelsea, Massachusetts) is a comic actor who plays a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type. On radio, he was popular in the 1940s as a sidekick to cantankerous comedian Henry Morgan. During television's so-called Golden Age, Stang became something of a star as a sidekick on Milton Berle's groundbreaking Texaco Star Theater. In film, he played Sparrow in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955. In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) he played Ray, who along with his partner Irwin owns a gas station that is destroyed by Jonathan Winters. As a voice actor for animated cartoons, he provided the voice for Popeye's pal Shorty, Herman the mouse in a number of Famous Studios cartoons, the Hanna-Barbera character Top Cat (modeled explicitly on Phil Silvers's popular television character as scheming, wisecracking Sgt. Bilko), and Catfish on Misterjaw. In television commercials, he was spokesman for the Chunky candy bar, he provided the voice of the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee in the 1980s and also spoke for Vicks Vapo-Rub. His wife, Joanne Stang, is a writer for the New York Times. Stang actually began his career when he was nine years old, in such radio shows as Let's Pretend. He told Nachman that he knew his voice was his meal-ticket. He also told Nachman that the bulk of his fan mail doesn't even address his film or television work, it's "All about my radio career," he said.
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