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Marvin Kaplan is an American film and television actor possibly best known as phone lineman Henry Beesmeyer on the TV series "Alice." He also had appearances in the movies "Freaky Friday," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Great Race."
Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1927, Kaplan started out in radio playing Alfred Prinzmetal in the "Meet Millie" radio program from 1951 to 1954, a role he continued on television from 1952 to 1956. He also appearing as a court stenographer in "Adam's Rib" in 1949 and later as a military officer in the 1950 film, "Francis." He later supplied the voice of Choo-Choo on the 1960s cartoon series "Top Cat," gradually becoming known as a character comedy actor in movies like 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "The Great Race" and "Freaky Friday." He also made appearances in the TV shows "Make Room for Daddy," "M Squad," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "McHale's Navy," "Honey West," 'Gomer Pyle: USMC," "Petticoat Junction," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" before getting a recurring role as Henry Beesmeyer in the top-rated 80s TV-show "Alice."
In January 1984, he joined the California Artists Radio Theatre and performed leading roles in over twenty 90 minute productions. He also served on the Board for California Artists Radio Theatre for thirty-two years. In 1987, he reprised his role of Choo-Choo for "Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats." He also had voice-over roles in shows such as "Garfield and Friends," "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters," "Johnny Bravo" and "The Garfield Show" in 2011. Kaplan was also the commercial spokesperson for the American cologne "Eau de Love." His later TV roles included appearances on "MacGyver," "The Fall Guy," "My Two Dads," "Monsters," "ER," "Even Stevens" and "Becker."
For many years, Kaplan was a member of Theatre West, the oldest continually-operating theatre company in Los Angeles. He performed in many plays there and elsewhere. He was also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter.
Sadly, Kaplan passed away of natural causes in his sleep at the age of 89 on August 25, 2016.

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