10 Facts About Allen Melvin


Allan John Melvin was an American actor and impressionist, who was cast in hundreds of television episodes from the 1950s to the early 1990s, often appearing in recurring roles on various series.

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Allen Melvin was adept at “tough guy” roles; in an example of his range as an actor, one episode of The Phil Silvers Show featured Allen Melvin doing a recognizable impersonation of Humphrey Bogart.

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Allen Melvin provided the voices of cartoon character Magilla Gorilla, the lion Drooper on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, archvillain Tyrone in The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty and Bluto on The All New Popeye Hour.

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Allen Melvin made eight guest appearances on The Andy Griffith Show in eight different roles, usually as heavies.

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Allen Melvin is remembered for supporting roles on two popular 1970s sitcoms.

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Allen Melvin played Sam Franklin, the owner of a local butcher shop and boyfriend of the Brady's housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch, and Barney Hefner, Archie Bunker's neighbor and friend on All in the Family.

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Allen Melvin provided the voice of Rocky Maninoff for Tennessee Tuxedo in the episode "Mixed-up Mechanics" in 1963.

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Allen Melvin was featured as Al the Plumber on Liquid-Plumr drain opener commercials for fifteen years.

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Allan Allen Melvin died of cancer on January 17,2008, aged 84, and was buried at Westwood Memorial Cemetery in Southern California.

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Allen Melvin is buried just yards from his TV best friend Carroll O'Connor, who played Archie Bunker in All In The Family.

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