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Actor Marvin Kaplan Dies at 89

Kaplan was the Voice of Choo-Choo on 'Top Cat' and a Recurring Player on Sitcom 'Alice'

Marvin Kaplan, the voice of Choo-Choo on animated series “Top Cat” and a recurring player on sitcom “Alice,” died Wednesday at his home in Burbank, California. He was 89.

Born Jan. 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan made his film debut in 1949’s “Adam’s Rib” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. He was a regular on 1952-56 sitcom “Meet Millie,” and appeared on dozens of series as a guest star through the course of his career. Included were “Gidget,” “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” “My Three Sons,” “Petticoat Junction,” “The Mod Squad” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” Kaplan also appeared in small roles in films such as “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “The Great Race” and “A New Kind of Love.” More recently, he made multiple appearances on Ted Danson sitcom “Becker.”

In addition to acting, Kaplan served as AFTRA Los Angeles local president for eight years and Performers’ Governor on the Television Academy. He was also a member of the California Artists Radio Theatre, Motion Picture Academy and the Academy of New Musical Theatre.

A memorial service has been planned at Theatre West in Los Angeles. A date and time has yet to be announced.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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