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Arnold Stang, voice of Top Cat, dead at 91

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2009 7:01PM
Arnold StangWhen I was a kid, I loved the cartoon Top Cat. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the cool music or the fact it was set in New York City. I also really loved Top Cat's voice.

Arnold Stang, the voice of the clever feline, died earlier this week at the age of 91. Stang was in 75 gazillion TV shows and movies over the years (you'd know the face and/or the voice even if you couldn't place the name), including The Jonathan Winters Show, Broadside, Batman, Bonanza, The Red Skelton Show, December Bride, The Steve Allen Show, The Milton Berle Show, Emergency, and Mathnet.

He was also in several movies, including Hercules in New York, Dennis The Menace, and It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. He was also the original voice of Buzz Bee in Honey-Nut Cheerios commercials.

After the jump, an episode of Top Cat.

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@solotica

Was just thinking of this cartoon series the other day.
So very clever.
They just don't make them like this anymore!

December 26 2009 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
don stack

Having not seen or heard of Arnold Stang in decades, to learn of his death at 91 is sad but brought a smile to my face. Stang's voice and dweeby looks were endearing and he was an "everyman" who was instantly recognisable by his voice alone... RIP Arnold, and thanks for the memories.

December 25 2009 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

Oh no,Joel,MISTERJAW! I assumed you never saw the cartoon.It was produced at the same studio that gave us the Pink Panther and the Inspector cartoons.This was aired on NBC,contrary to JABBERJAW on ABC.The titled character was voiced by ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN's,Arte Johnson.He had a finny companion named Catfish,voiced by Arnold Stang. It can currently be seen as part of the Pink Panther on the BOOMERANG cable channel.

December 25 2009 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sandy weiner

i remember arnold from brooklyn his uncle was the principal of my elementary school and when i would take a walk i always passed the house and sometimes saw him thats before he became famous god bless and rest in peacel

December 24 2009 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dothemprayers

sounds like the pretcher on the christian radio .

December 24 2009 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
warren

He was also in a few of the Francis the Talking Mule movies they showed us in the 6th grade! Loved him.

December 24 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bmk

back in the day when cartoons were cartoons!

December 24 2009 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dean

I'm 55 and watch TC almost every night.I watched them when I was kid and just thought the action was funny.Now as an adult I get the jokes.

December 24 2009 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fymayawf

Top Cat sucked

December 24 2009 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Todd LeBaron

No, the Top Cat cartoon did NOT suck. It was a class act, well written and with style, sophistication and flair. And it had the voice of Arnold Stang and many other great voice actors. YOU must be either too young to remember or appreciate what the show was, or you're one of those people who needs everything to be dumbed down for you to enjoy it. Hanna-Barbera never did that with Top Cat. It wasn't for the little kids; it was on prime time back then and was targeted at adults who enjoyed intelligent humor. Get over yourself. The show was obviously way over your head if you thought it sucked.

December 24 2009 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

He also did the commercials for Chunky candy bars....
"Chunky, what a chunk of chocolate."

December 24 2009 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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