News ID: 167612
Published: 0721 GMT August 26, 2016

Kaplan, character actor known for ‘Alice’ and ‘Top Cat,’ dies at 89

Kaplan, character actor known for ‘Alice’ and ‘Top Cat,’ dies at 89

Marvin Kaplan, a character actor known for the sitcom 'Alice' and his voice-over work as Choo-Choo on the animated series 'Top Cat', died. He was 89.

He died of natural causes at his home in Burbank, California, according to a statement released by Theater West.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan made his film debut in 1949's 'Adam's Rib' starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Known for his sarcastic and deadpan delivery, Kaplan was featured in a variety of films, TV shows and animated series throughout his 60+ year career, reported variety.com.

Apart from 'Top Cat', Kaplan was well-known for his recurring role on the CBS series 'Alice' as Henry Beesmeyer — a phone company employee named who often visited Mel's Diner. He also appeared in small roles in films such as 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World', 'The Great Race' and 'A New Kind of Love'.

In addition to acting, Kaplan served as AFTRA Los Angeles local president for eight years and Performers' Governor on the Television Academy. He was also a member of the California Artists Radio Theater, Motion Picture Academy and the Academy of New Musical Theater.

   
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