Sunday, April 18, 2010

Allen Swift, aka Ira Stadlen

Allen Swift in character as "Captain Allen," host of the Popeye cartoons on WPIX-TV.

Voice actor and kids' TV show host -- via News from Me. He was the voice of Howdy Doody for a year after host Buffalo Bob suffered a heart attack in September 1954. He went on to voice a multitude of characters in Rankin/Bass animated projects. Most memorably for me, he voiced the evil Baron Barracuda and others in the syndicated "Diver Dan":

Never trust a fish with a German accent and a monocle.

And he played Simon Bar Sinister in "Underdog":

UPDATE ON APRIL 27: Here's the belated New York Times obituary --

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