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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Nicknames Jack Frost
Jackie McCann
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (2)

A third generation performer, Chuck McCann was already a show business veteran by age 11. By age 19, he had performed in nightclubs, made guest TV appearances, and was a semi-regular on The Steve Allen Show. Chuck's extensive career includes The Chuck McCann Show, Let's Have Fun Show, Little Orphan Annie, The World of Hans Christian Anderson, Herbie Rides Again, Men in Tights, Storyville. His credits also include creating, writing and starring in the popular children's shows Far Out Space Nuts, and Chuck McCann's Funstuff. Chuck now performs voices for several animated shows where he does the voices of Duckworth and The Beagle Boys for Ducktails, the series, and Ducktails: The Movie, Leatherneck on G.I. Joe, The Thing on Fantastic Four and Blizzard on Iron Man.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anon

The son of a singing band leader, McCann began his career as a child actor on radio. He performed on several NYC based radio programs. Before he went onto create his own stand up act performed at many NYC/NJ/LI nightclubs and on many popular TV variety shows. For a time he took a hiatus from nightclub and TV performing to study with The Pasadena Playhouse, where he gave a memorable performance in their production of '12th Night' as Sir Toby Belch. McCann would return to NYC to continue to perform in nightclubs and on TV variety shows. Until he was introduced to puppetry, first by Skip Boyland and then by Paul Ashleyon NBC TV's: Rootie Kazootie (1950). For the next 17 years, Ashley and McCann appeared on numerous TV shows: Rootie Kazootie (1950), "Uncle Paul's Lunchtime", The Gumby Show (1956) with Pinkie Lee, "The Puppet Hotel!", "Laurel & Hardy & Chuck!", "Let's Have Fun!", "The Chuck McCann Shows", "The Great Bombo's Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show" and "Chuck McCann's Laurel & Hardy Show!". After the cancellation of the latter on Friday June 9, 1967, Ashley and McCann went their separate ways. McCann went onto become a successful comic/character actor and mimic, doing voice over for many TV cartoon shows and playing character parts on numerous dramatic and comedic TV series and movies. Paul Ashley used his puppets in industrial films and industrial stage shows. McCann also starred on other TV series: Turn-On (1969), Happy Days (1974), Far Out Space Nuts (1975),All That Glitters (1977), _"New Kind Of Family, A" (1979)_ and "Chuck McCann's Fun Stuff!". Ashley was slated to reunite with McCann for "LBS Children's Theater" and another TV puppet show "Tiny TV". But Ashley was forced to drop out both projects, when it was discovered that he was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and McCann took over as the show's host and performer. "LBS Children's Theater" made its debut in September of 1983 and was on the air for one season. Paul Ashley never lived long enough to see "LBS Children's Theater" become a success. He died on September 3, 1984.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kevin S. Butler

Spouse (4)

Elezabeth A Fanning (29 June 1977 - present)
Susan O'Connor (27 December 1958 - ?) (divorced)
Iris (? - ?) (divorced)
Eileen (? - ?) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Children: daughters, Jennifer and Siobhan; son, Sean.
Had his own afternoon TV Show "The Chuck McCann Show".
Often plays the grumpy bullying leader with a dimwitted goofy sidekick (the likes of Tim Conway, Red Buttons and Bob Denver),.
Co-founder of "The Sons of the Desert" fan club, devoted to the memories of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Appeared as Oliver Hardy in Standard Oil commercials of the 1970's.
He played a film projectionist in both The Projectionist (1971) and Columbo: Double Exposure (1973).

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