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Allan Melvin dead at 84

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2008 8:25PM

Andy Griffith ShowAllan Melvin had so many roles on so many TV shows over the years that it's hard to know where to begin, but I guess the most logical spot would be The Brady Bunch, where he played Sam The Butcher, the guy Alice dated. He was also a regular on The Phil Silvers Show, played Archie Bunker's friend Barney on All in the Family, and also played Rob's army buddy on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He appeared on dozens of other shows over the years, from the Andy Griffith Show (he always played a crook - that's him on the right in the pic) and Gomer Pyle, USMC to Kung Fu and The Banana Splits (he was Drooper).

You would probably also recognize his voice in many cartoons, including Magilla Gorilla, The Flintstones, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, The Smurfs, Spider-Man and Friends, Foofur, Ducktales, Talespin, and others.

He died of cancer in Los Angeles.

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He was a great voice talent and will be sadly missed.

March 05 2008 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Suzanne Pleshette was such a class act on the Bob Newhart show. Just love that last scene in the last episode of "Newhart" when Bob wakes up from the bedroom of his first sitcom set, and tries to explain to Pleshette about his crazy dream of owning an inn. Pleshette was great in that scene. RIP Ms.Pleshette. You will be missed.

March 01 2008 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched Allan on tons of shows in the sixties. He was great! Wow! he was Drooper on Banana Splits!!?

March 01 2008 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Allan wil be missed & has gone to the great butcher shop in the sky.

Other Allan Melvin cartoons include; The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty, Wacky & Packy.

On an episode of Yo Yogi!, the famous monkey was known as superstar Magilla Ice (Vanilla Ice parody).

January 27 2008 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just heard that Suzanne Pleshette passed away as well. Thanks for all the great memories and laughs.

January 20 2008 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow. I had no idea he was Drooper from The Banana Splits. Rest in Peace Mr. Melvin and Thank you.

January 20 2008 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well another actor and nice man that has donated alot of his life to make us laugh and be entertained. Mr. Melvin is right up there I think as Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Carroll OConner, and Don Knots as well as other greats. I enjoyed seeing him in all that I did. Thank you Allan for all the entertainment you gave us. My sympathy to all of his family.

January 19 2008 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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