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Arnold Stang, actor known for nerdy roles, dies
Yahoo News ^ | December 22, 2009 | Yahoo News

Posted on 12/22/2009 7:30:49 AM PST by AU72

NEWTON, Mass. – Arnold Stang, a radio, theater, film and television actor famous for his nerdy looks and demeanor, has died. His son says Stang died of pneumonia Sunday at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts. He was 91. The New York City native started his career on the radio as a teenager. He played alongside Milton Berle in the 1950s, starred as Frank Sinatra's sidekick in the 1955 movie "The Man with the Golden Arm," and was a member of the ensemble comedic cast of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in 1963. He voiced the lead character in the 1960s cartoon "Top Cat," and continued comedy and drama roles into his 80s. Stang, who had lived in the Boston suburb of Needham for the past decade, is survived by his wife of 60 years, JoAnne; son, David; and daughter, Deborah.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; sang; stang
I loved Top Cat.
1 posted on 12/22/2009 7:30:50 AM PST by AU72
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To: AU72
One of the great ones.

RIP

2 posted on 12/22/2009 7:31:50 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on their instruments.)
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To: AU72

3 posted on 12/22/2009 7:32:52 AM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Close friends get to call him TC.


4 posted on 12/22/2009 7:33:42 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: AU72

5 posted on 12/22/2009 7:34:31 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: AU72

He was great with Milty.
He was “pre-nerd”.
Rest in Peace Arnold.


6 posted on 12/22/2009 7:34:42 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: AU72
His son says Stang died of pneumonia Sunday at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts.

I've been hospitalized for pneumonia before. That has to be a frightening way to die.

RIP

7 posted on 12/22/2009 7:36:47 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: massgopguy

CHUNKY what a CHUNK of CHOCOLATES

Arnold Stang

PS A BOOMER Thing N-E_S-T-L-E-S!


8 posted on 12/22/2009 7:36:51 AM PST by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: AU72

I recently saw him in a repeat episode of the old Emergency show. I didn’t think he was still around. Great actor. RIP.


9 posted on 12/22/2009 7:43:39 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: mason-dixon

N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles spells the very best....C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E !!!


10 posted on 12/22/2009 7:48:25 AM PST by ronnieb
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To: mason-dixon

N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles spells the very best....C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E !!!


11 posted on 12/22/2009 7:48:31 AM PST by ronnieb
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To: mason-dixon

N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles spells the very best....C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E !!!


12 posted on 12/22/2009 7:48:41 AM PST by ronnieb
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To: AU72; Impy; Clintonfatigued; Perdogg; Clemenza

Funny guy. He was great in “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in the scene where Jonathan Winters demolishes the service station. RIP.


13 posted on 12/22/2009 7:52:21 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: mason-dixon

‘That’s nuts!’


14 posted on 12/22/2009 7:57:00 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: TChris
I've been hospitalized for pneumonia before. That has to be a frightening way to die.

We could ask Bernie Mack but he's not around any more.

15 posted on 12/22/2009 7:58:50 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: AU72

IMHO, his part was one of the funniest ones in “Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”

He played the co-owner of a new gas station. When Jonathan Winters starts destroying their new gas station, this little nerdy guy (Stang) shouts out “We’re going to have to kill him!”


16 posted on 12/22/2009 7:59:42 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: AU72

One of the favorites of my youth...he now joins Officer Dibble and Benny the Ball in that alley in the sky.

As if Schwarzenegger needed anyone to make him look bigger, casting Stang alongside him in “Hercules in New York” did the trick quite well.


17 posted on 12/22/2009 8:00:46 AM PST by mak5
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To: AU72

wow, had no idea he was still hanging in there at 91.

Last I heard Frank Cady (Mr. Drucker from Green Acres and Petticoat Junction) was still around at ninety-something


18 posted on 12/22/2009 8:01:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: kidd

19 posted on 12/22/2009 8:01:53 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: AU72
Me too. Top Cat was one of my favorites!!! I haven't though about it in years!!


20 posted on 12/22/2009 8:02:11 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

Sorry. look like the image didn’t post - (Damn you Angelfire!!)


21 posted on 12/22/2009 8:04:03 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: ronnieb
N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles spells MAKES the very best....C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E !!!

Ah, Farfel the Dog!

22 posted on 12/22/2009 8:06:21 AM PST by ssaftler (Elfaba-ma: The Wicked Warlock of the West)
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To: DemforBush

RIP Arnold Stang. He attended my alma mater, New Utretcht High School in Brooklyn, New York.


23 posted on 12/22/2009 8:11:37 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: AU72; Richard Kimball; cleveland gop; big'ol_freeper; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Bender2; ...
That scene in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World where Jonathan Winters destroys the gas station... is forever classic!

Ray: [after hitting Pike unconscious with a pop bottle] Holy mackerel. When he started... Listen, we better get him tied up. What are we gonna do when he comes to?
Irwin: Hit him again.
Ray: Oh, I couldn't!

From http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057193/quotes

24 posted on 12/22/2009 8:18:31 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: AU72
One of my most favorite trivia questions:

This classic movie (1960s) had many actors who appeared in television comedies, and also in this movie. One person in particular starred in a television sitcom, had another sitcom based on his original, and also appeared in this movie. I’ll call him “Mr. X”!

Here is where it gets confusing:


25 posted on 12/22/2009 8:21:07 AM PST by steveo (2010 never again)
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To: DemforBush



26 posted on 12/22/2009 8:26:27 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: AU72
RIP, Herman and Top Cat!

He and Marvin "Choo Choo" Kaplan were hilarious as two gas station attendants menaced by Jonathan Winters in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!

27 posted on 12/22/2009 8:28:11 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayo'mer Yosef 'el-'echayv "'Ani Yosef, ha`od 'Avi chay?" Ve-lo' yakhelu 'echayve la`anot 'oto . . .)
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To: massgopguy

“Close friends get to call him TC....”

####

...Pro-vi-ding its with dignity...


28 posted on 12/22/2009 8:29:24 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: Apple Blossom

ping


29 posted on 12/22/2009 8:30:47 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: kidd

Classic scene and utterly hilarious.

Did you know the other attendant was the voice of Choo Choo, also from Top Cat?


30 posted on 12/22/2009 8:31:26 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: ronnieb

Wasn’t that Jimmy Nelson and Farfel?


31 posted on 12/22/2009 8:38:40 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayo'mer Yosef 'el-'echayv "'Ani Yosef, ha`od 'Avi chay?" Ve-lo' yakhelu 'echayve la`anot 'oto . . .)
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To: AU72

Only thing I know him from is he was one of the gas station attendants that got his ass whipped by Jonathan Winters in “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World”.

SnakeDoc


32 posted on 12/22/2009 8:49:31 AM PST by SnakeDoctor ("Ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.")
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To: kidd

Point to note: Arnold Stang has a broken left wrist in that scene. I mean, it was REALLY broken. He put a glove over it so that he could work.


33 posted on 12/22/2009 8:57:35 AM PST by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: ssaftler

your right, and the dogs mouth claps closed! loved it.


34 posted on 12/22/2009 9:11:43 AM PST by ronnieb
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To: Zionist Conspirator

I don’t know, thought it was Stang, but you may be right!


35 posted on 12/22/2009 9:13:10 AM PST by ronnieb
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To: AU72; All
Here is where Arnold Stang really made his bones . . . with one of the genuine greats of old-time radio (shown in the rightmost photo; I have no idea about the leftmost photo):

The Henry Morgan Show.

More of The Henry Morgan Show.

Even more of The Henry Morgan Show.

He was in pretty good company on this show, too: castmates at various times included Art Carney, Florence Halop (formerly Miss Duffy on Duffy's Tavern and eventually the second lady bailiff on Night Court), Pert Kelton (eventually the original Alice in Jackie Gleason's "Honeymooners" sketches on Cavalcade of Stars) . . .

Stang's other classic radio credits: The Goldbergs (as Seymour Fingerhood, briefly interested in Rosalie Goldberg), The Horn & Hardart Children's Hour (from the early 1930s, which may have been his first big break---as would also come true, in due course, for such eventual radio and other showbusiness mainstays as Eddie Fisher, Bea Wain, and Connie Francis), The Remarkable Miss Tuttle (classified as a "light" drama, which is probably putting it politely), and---briefly, in the title role---That Brewster Boy.

Stang also did Milton Berle's final bid to make something of himself in radio. The final radio Milton Berle Show, under that title and, with a very slight revamp, under the title Texaco Star Theater (a title that had been used last for Fred Allen's 1940-44 series on CBS), was a ratings bomb that might stand best as the vehicle through which Berle brought aboard Stang (who was working The Henry Morgan Show at the same time) and through which Berle began refining some of the format by which he'd become a television hit.

Berle was really suited better to television, however much he and Texaco weren't sure television was coming in to stay. Television was, even if Berle was probably bound to burn himself out within a very short time, which is exactly what he did within five years.

Stang was smart enough to stay within himself (which was pretty damn versatile when all was said and done; he usually shone in even the most trite vehicles and was one of the greatest supporting players in radio) and avoid the mistakes made by many of the stars he supported. He was rarely out of work for very long in those years and, from all indications, those who hired him thought it was smart to have hired him.

A footnote about Florence Halop: She was the second Night Court bailiff to die of cancer within little more than a year after taking the role; she succeeded another old-time radio semi-legend, whose reputation was made as a comedy writer (among other things, she was a protege of comedy master Goodman Ace on first The Danny Kaye Show and, later, The Big Show) and a magazine humourist: Selma Diamond.

36 posted on 12/22/2009 9:59:47 AM PST by BluesDuke (A stitch in time saves a surgeon from a malpractise suit.)
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To: BluesDuke

Have you considered starting an old time radio ping list?
If you do, please add my name!


37 posted on 12/23/2009 6:38:19 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: mason-dixon

That’s how I remember him: Chunky Chocolates.

Didn’t that ad run on Howdy Doody shows?


38 posted on 12/23/2009 6:41:42 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced. (Mencken))
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To: MaryFromMichigan
Have you considered starting an old time radio ping list?
If you do, please add my name!
I'm tempted . . .
39 posted on 12/23/2009 8:15:27 AM PST by BluesDuke (A stitch in time saves a surgeon from a malpractise suit.)
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To: AU72; fieldmarshaldj

I’ve never heard of Top Cat.

I remember him from an episode of Bonanza though.

RIP


40 posted on 12/23/2009 2:50:35 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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