It is rare to meet your heroes. I had the opportunity to meet one of mine. Unfortunately, our plans to work together were circumvented by Father Time.
Brooklyn native Marvin Kaplan entered this world on January 24th, 1927. Marvin was discovered by Katherine Hepburn, making his onscreen debut in her 1949 film Adam’s Rib. He continued to act regularly on stage, in radio plays, and on television.
My earliest memory of Marvin was his voice work as the character Choo Choo on the Hanna-Barbera animated series Top Cat. I also enjoyed his work as Henry Beesmeyer on the CBS sitcom Alice. Marvin also made appearances in other series, including:
- Petticoat Junction
- Make Room for Daddy
- McHale’s Navy
- Honey West
- I Dream of Jeannie
- Garfield and Friends
- Johnny Bravo
Marvin was also a prolific writer. He contributed to many television series, including:
- The Addams Family
- The Bill Cosby Show
- Mod Squad
In addition to acting, Marvin served eight years as the Los Angeles local president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). He was also the Performers’ Governor on the Television Arts and Sciences Academy.
His leadership skills also touched the California Artists Radio Theatre, the Motion Picture Academy, and the Academy of New Musical Theatre.
Marvin’s final writing (and acting) credit is the film Lookin’ Up, which was still in post-production at the time of his departure.
Sorry we never got you on one of our Dwacon® projects… but maybe there is a project we may do on the other side of eternity.
Rest in Peace, my friend.