Sunday, October 7, 2012
Seventies Commercial Characters
From a 1977 TV GUIDE, here we see a whole bunch of wonderful character actors who had found their niche in lucrative TV commercial characters.
Avery Schreiber was a Second City alum who had been in MY MOTHER THE CAR and part of a popular comedy duo with Jack Burns.
Norman Alden played lots of villains as well as the voice of AQUAMAN on SUPER FRIENDS and the sidekick in ELECTRAWOMAN & DYNAGIRL.
Allen Melvin was Sam the Butcher on THE BRADY BUNCH as well as a veteran of both SGT BILKO and GOMER PYLE and the voice of Magilla Gorilla.
Dick Wilson played a tipsy bar patron on dozens of sitcoms before squeezing his first Charmin.
Marty Ingels was either Dickens or Fenster in I'M DICKENS, HE'S FENSTER and also did cartoon voices before marrying Shirley Jones.
Jesse White was best known for his collaborations with Stan Freberg on records and in commercials before donning his Maytag uniform.
Arthur O'Connell was a reliable, award-winning actor in scores of programs including the older "son" of the younger father on THE SECOND HUNDRED YEARS.
Mae Questel was the cartoon voice of Betty Boop, Olive Oyl, Little Audrey and even, on occasion, Popeye!
Margaret Hamilton appeared with Peg Lynch on radio and was The Wicked Witch of the West in the nightmares of children for decades after 1939's WIZARD OF OZ!
Jan Miner was a radio and stage veteran who lived happily ever after as Madge the manicurist.