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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Allan Melvin has passed away

Word is just now getting to me that actor Allan Melvin passed away a few days ago at the age of 84.

If the name doesn't ring a bell, I would absolutely guarantee that you would recognize his face and his voice...

Melvin was easily one of the better-known character actors on television over the years. The role that he'll probably be best remembered for was Sam the Butcher on The Brady Bunch. He also played Archie Bunker's friend Barney on All in the Family (a part that he continued when the show became Archie Bunker's Place) and Corporal Henshaw on The Phil Silvers Show. Melvin also did quite a lot of work playing various characters on The Andy Griffith Show (I remember him especially as the guy who got mad at Barney for giving him a ticket... and he swore to beat Barney to a pulp as soon as he was out of his deputy's uniform) and Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. And he did some animated work too, particularly in providing the voice of Magilla Gorilla for Hanna-Barbera.

He was married to his wife Amalia for 64 years. Melvin was a great actor, but if you ask me a marriage that long is a much more proud accomplishment.

Sad to see Allan Melvin leave us, but he did so much classic work over the years, we'll always remember him.