11 items from 2010
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Kean wrote the theme song "It's Howdy Doody Time" and is credited with coining the word "kowabunga."
Kean died Aug. 13 at a nursing care facility in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, due to complications from emphysema, family friend Del Reddy told the Associated Press. »
Kean passed away at a nursing care facility in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan on 13 August.
He was the primary writer for the popular kids series, which ran from 1947 to 1960, and was responsible for the It's Howdy Doody theme song.
Kean is also credited with creating the pop culture phrase "kowabunga!", used by one of the show's characters and reclaimed as The Simpsons animated troublemaker Bart Simpson's catchphrase. »
Swift died on 18 April at his Manhattan home. His cause of death had not been disclosed as WENN went to press.
The role kickstarted his Hollywood career, and helped Swift win over 30,000 television and radio commercials, including promos for Jell-o, the Eveready battery, a toilet plunger for Drano, Vita’s Beloved Herring Maven, Hostess Ho Hos and Sanka decaffeinated coffee.
He also played animated characters Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff on TV cartoon Underdog, and most of the characters on the Tom and Jerry cartoons made from 1960 to 1962.
He appeared in several Off Broadway productions and in the Broadway plays including How to Make a Man, The Student Gypsy and My Old Friends.
Swift is survived by his wife, Lenore Loveman, a son, two daughters and five grandchildren. »
Ira Stadlen was better known as voice actor Allen Swift. He provided the voice of the villainous Simon Bar-Sinister on the Underdog cartoon series from 1964. He was also many of the voices in the 1967 Rankin Bass feature Mad Monster Party? including Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, Felix Flankin, and Yetch.
Stadlen was born in New York City on January 16, 1924. He began supplying most of the voices for the supporting characters in NBC’s The Howdy Doody Show in 1952, and took over the voice of the lead puppet himself when Buffalo Bob Smith suffered a heart attack in 1954. He hosted cartoons as Captain Allen on The Popeye Show for station Wpix in New York in the late 1950s. He voiced the lead roles in the Gaston and Clint Clobber cartoons, and worked on the Tom and Jerry cartoons in the early 1960s. He was the voice of such cartoon characters as Odie Colognie, »
American voice actor Allen Swift, born Ira Stadlen and known as the voice of Tom's owner in "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, died April 18, according to the Telegraph of London. He was 86. Swift took his professional name from two of his favorite satirists, Fred Allen and Jonathan Swift, and did work in the early '50s on "Howdy Doody," voicing various characters including Tooter Turtle, Clint Clobber, and even Howdy. He also did voices in Gene Deitch's early '60s "Tom and Jerry" cartoons and recently guest-starred on "Law & Order."In a letter to the website CartoonBrew.com, Deitch, Swift's longtime friend and collaborator, said, "Allen [had] been suffering with a series of health calamities for several years, since he fell and broke his hip while walking his dog. From that moment, one thing led to another."Swift is survived by, among numerous other relatives, his son: the Broadway actor, mimic, »
In each episode of the Emmy-winning Saturday morning CBS series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986–91), there was a "secret word of the day." When someone uttered it, everyone else would scream. If there's a secret word for the show's star, Paul Reubens, right now, it would be "comeback."The actor has spent the past year prepping his brand-new stage show, "The Pee-wee Herman Show," running through Feb. 7 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The ambitious production features 11 actors and 20 puppets—a first for Reubens, who on his series relied on the magic of editing to bring puppets like Pterri, Chairry, Conky, Globey, and Magic Screen to life. Reubens says the tension and anxiety of creating the live show are palpable, and he has one question on his mind: Are the puppets going to perform?"This show is in many ways like the series, except we never did that live," says Reubens. "A »
Art Clokey, whose legendary green clay TV character Gumby tickled, amused and/or confounded more than three generations of Americans, passed away in his sleep Sunday at his home in Los Osos. He was 88. A one-time orphan and would-be priest whose experimental animation blossomed into an empire of clay, Clokey first developed Gumby in 1956 for The Howdy Doody Show before spinning the grinning green slab off to his own children's series in 1957. A farewell glimpse at his handiwork -- and the unlikely fruits it wrought -- after the jump. »
The creator of everyone’s favorite and most flexible green man died on Friday in his home in California. Art Clokey was 88 years old when, according to his son, he died in his sleep. Gumby made his television debut in 1956 on The Howdy Doody Show. A year later he starred in his own stop-motion animation program, The Gumby Show, which followed the adventures of the bendy clay man and his trusty orange steed, Pokey. Clokey also created the animated TV series Davey and Goliath that ran in the 1960s and 1970s. »
Animator Art Clokey has died at the age of 88.
The star, who found fame as the creator of bendable doll Gumby, died in his sleep on Friday in Los Osos, California.
Clokey's Gumby toys featured on U.S. TV's The Howdy Doody Show in the 1950s and soon became a toy phenomenon.
Gumby, a green clay figure born from a student art project, enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1980s when comedian Eddie Murphy performed a skit portraying the doll as a prima donna on sketch show Saturday Night Live.
Clokey also created and produced the 1960s programme Davey and Goliath and later landed his own syndicated show with Gumby. »
Art Clokey, the creator of the iconic cartoonish clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep on Friday at his home in Los Osos, California, at age 88, after battling repeated bladder infections, his son told Reuters. Clokey, 88, invented the whimsical green clay character Gumby in the early 1950s that debuted on the "The Howdy Doody Show" and went on to become the star of his own successful television show, "The Adventures of Gumby." Read mor »
- Josh Dickey
11 items from 2010