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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 February 1923Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 17 January 2008Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameAllan John Melvin
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Allan Melvin was born on February 18, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Allan John Melvin. He was an actor, known for The Phil Silvers Show (1955), Archie Bunker's Place (1979) and All in the Family (1971). He was married to Amalia Faustina Sestero. He died on January 17, 2008 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Amalia Faustina Sestero (March 1944 - 17 January 2008) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

His on-camera career usually found him playing bullies, but oddly enough, after his on-camera career dried up he found work playing just the opposite, doing voices for gentle, simple-minded cartoon characters.
He appeared in dozens of TV shows but he's best known for four recurring roles: as Cpl. Henshaw in The Phil Silvers Show (1955), as Sgt. Charlie Hacker on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), as Alice's boyfriend Sam on The Brady Bunch (1969) and as Archie Bunker's best friend Barney Hefner on All in the Family (1971).
His surviving daughter, Jennifer, is the mother of his grandson, Jon Hanson Jr.
His daughter Mya died in 1970.
Retired from acting in the late 1990s.
Has one daughter, Jennifer, still living.
Got a job in radio sound effects with NBC at the onset of his career. He also did a nightclub act using his talent with voices and appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts radio show and won.
A well-oiled voice artist, he was a great mimic of voices.
Attended Columbia University and earned his degree in journalism before serving a hitch in the Navy.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 18, 1922, his family moved to New York City when he was a young boy. His father was a film salesman for Fox Film Assn.
Played Al the Plumber in the 1970s Liquid-Plumr commercials, a gig that lasted 15 years.
Appeared in only one movie in his five-decade career -- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) starring Doris Day -- in which he had a minor part as a desk sergeant.
Was in the original Broadway cast of "Stalag 17" in the early 1950s when he came to the attention of Phil Silvers for his classic Army-based TV show.
Blond, block-faced and brawny support actor with the trademark sagging jowls best known for his blue-collar buddies and military cohorts on TV comedy -- could play bruising or dim-witted.
Has a daughter, Jennifer, and a grandson.
Was the cartoon voice of Magilla the Gorilla.
Often guest starred on the Andy Griffith Show and featured as a bully, to Barney Fife (Don Knots) or Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson), that had to be taught a lesson.

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