Tuesday, December 22, 2009

R.I.P. Arnold “Top Cat” Stang


We were saddened to learn that Arnold Stang, who was the voice of Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Top Cat has exited the planet.  He was 91.

Stang worked with Hollywood royalty, staring on radio in the 1940’s with cantankerous comedian Henry Morgan. He appeared on television with Milton Berle on his Texaco Star Theater and, more recently, on an episode of The Cosby Show with guest star Sammy Davis Jr.

He did a pilot for “The Arnold Stang Show” that never saw the light of day. Of course, thanks to the power of the internet, you can see it by clicking here. It may give you an idea why the pilot was never picked up.

On the big screen, Stang was Sparrow in 1955’s Man with the Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. However, perhaps his most notable film role was working with Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1970’s Hercules in New York.

We remember Mr. Stang fondly for his voice-over work in cartoons including Popeye’s pal Shorty, as Herman the Mouse, and of course Top Cat (in which Stang channeled Phil Silvers).

More recently, he did voice-over work for the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog and voiced the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee in the 1980’s.

We could go on and on... but you can read more about this great character actor at The Hollywood Reporter and at TV Party.

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