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Thursday, December 15, 2005

STANG, Arnold

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Birth/Death

Birth: September 28, 1925

Occupation/Title

Comedian/Character Actor

Bio Summary

Early Life/Family

Arnold Stang started his career as a child actor appearing on several children radio shows through the nineteen thirties. At age nine he landed his first gig on his favorite radio show Let’s Pretend. He had sent a postcard to the producers and to his astonishment was invited to audition for the show. He was hired on the spot. His parents were not too keen on the idea, but agreed to allow him join the cast.
Family
Arnold Stang married JoAnne Taggart. They have two children.

Education/Training

As a child actor destined for stardom Stang was averaging 4 or 5 radio shows a day. In the 1940s, in addition to his other radio shows, Stang was a regular on The Goldbergs where he played Seymour Fingerhood, the Goldbergs teenage neighbor. Stang learned a lot from Gertrude Berg, the writer and director of the show. Stang was reluctant to branch out into television, but in 1953 finally gave in, and began a long successful television career. In 1961 Stang landed one of his most well known rolls as the voice of Hanna-Barbara’s Top Cat. He continued to appear in television, commercials and movies up through 2004.


Career Outline

Comments On Style

Influences

Personality

Anecdotes

Miscellaneous

Filmography

My Sister Eileen (1942) (uncredited) .... Jimmy
Seven Days' Leave (1942) .... Bitsy
They Got Me Covered (1943) (uncredited) .... Drugstore boy
Happy Birthdaze (1943) (uncredited) .... Shorty
Henpecked Rooster (1944) (voice) (uncredited) .... Herman
Moving Aweigh (1944) (voice) (uncredited) .... Shorty
Let's Go Steady (1945) .... Chet Carson
Laughter in Paris (1946) (TV)
Cheese Burglar (1946) (voice) .... Herman
Much Ado About Mutton (1947) (voice) (uncredited) .... Blackie
Naughty But Mice (1947) (voice) (uncredited) .... Herman
So This Is New York (1948) .... Western Union Clerk
"School House" (1949) TV series
Campus Capers (1949) (voice) .... Herman 
Mice Meeting You (1950) (voice) .... Herman 
Expectant Father (1950) .... The Expectant Father 
"Starlight Theatre" .... Milton Ditwiler (1 episode, 1950)
Saved by the Bell (1950) (voice) (uncredited) .... Herman
Voice of the Turkey (1950) (voice) .... Turkey
"The Billy Bean Show" (1951) TV series .... Billy Bean
Mice Paradise (1951) (voice) .... Herman
Two Gals and a Guy (1951) .... Bernard
"Captain Video and His Video Rangers" .... Clumsy McGee (1 episode, 1951)
Cat Tamale (1951) (voice) .... Herman
Cat Carson Rides Again (1952) (voice) .... Herman
City Kitty (1952) (voice) .... Herman
Mice-capades (1952) (voice) .... Herman
Of Mice and Magic (1953) (voice) .... Herman 
Herman the Catoonist (1953) (voice) .... Herman 
Drinks on the Mouse (1953) (voice) .... Herman
Northwest Mousie (1953) (voice) .... Herman
Surf and Sound (1954) (voice) .... Herman 
Of Mice and Menace (1954) (voice) .... Herman
Ship A-Hooey (1954) (voice) .... Herman 
Rail Rodents (1954) (voice) .... Herman 
"The Goldbergs" (1949) TV series .... Seymour (unknown episodes, 1954-1955)
Robin Rodenthood (1955) (voice) .... Herman 
Bicep Built for Two (1955) (voice) .... Herman 
Mouse Trapeze (1955) (voice) .... Herman 
Mousieur Herman (1955) (voice) .... Herman 
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) .... Sparrow
Mouseum (1956) (voice) .... Herman 
"The Milton Berle Show" .... Francis / ... (3 episodes, 1953-1956)
"The Ford Television Theatre" .... Melvin Marks (1 episode, 1956)
Will Do Mousework (1956) (voice) .... Herman
Mousetro Herman (1956) (voice) .... Herman
"Washington Square" (1956) TV series
"The Steve Allen Show" .... Mr. Fum, the Little Giant (1 episode, 1956)
"Producers' Showcase" (1 episode, 1956)
"December Bride" .... Marvin (3 episodes, 1956)
Hide and Peak (1956) (voice) (uncredited) .... Herman
Cat in the Act (1957) (voice) .... Herman
"The Red Skelton Show" .... Snorkel (2 episodes, 1957)
Sky Scrappers (1957) (voice) .... Herman 
From Made to Worse (1957) (voice) .... Herman
One Funny Knight (1957) (voice) .... Herman
Frighty Cat (1958) (voice) .... Herman
"Playhouse 90" .... Allencamp / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
You Said a Mouseful (1958) (voice) .... Herman
Owly to Bed (1959) (voice) .... Herman
"Matty's Funday Funnies" (1959) TV series (voice) .... Herman / Additional Voices
Katnip's Big Day (1959) (voice) .... Herman
Saiyu-ki (1960) (voice) .... Lulipopo 
Dondi (1961) .... Peewee 
"Wagon Train" .... Ah Chong (1 episode, 1961)
"Bonanza" .... Jake 'the Weasel' (1 episode, 1961)
Kooky Loopy (1961) (voice) 
"Top Cat" .... Top Cat (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) .... Rumpelstiltskin
"The Dick Powell Show" .... Donald Joe (1 episode, 1963)
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) .... Ray 
Pinocchio in Outer Space (1965) (voice) .... Nurtle the Turtle 
"Broadside" (1964) TV series .... Ship's Cook 1st Class Stanley Stubbs (unknown episodes, 1965)
Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar (1966) .... Jubal A. Bristol
"Batman" .... Gun Shop Owner (1 episode, 1968)
"The Jonathan Winters Show" .... Regular Performer (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Skidoo (1968) .... Harry
Hello Down There (1969) .... Jonah
"The Pink Panther Show" (1969) TV series .... Catfish (unknown episodes)
Hercules in New York (1970) .... Pretzie
Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon (1972) (voice) .... The Delicate Dinosaur
"Emergency!" .... Arthur Merkl / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mama (1976) (voice) .... Catfish
Sweat Hog Shark (1976) (voice) .... Catfish
"Chico and the Man" .... Gus, the Delivery (1 episode, 1976)
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977) (voice) .... Queasy 
The Fourth King (1977) (TV) (voice) .... The Turtle 
"Yogi's Space Race" (1978) TV series (voice) .... Top Cat 
To Catch a Halibut (1978) .... Catfish 
"Flying High" .... Reverend (1 episode, 1978)
Pogo for President: 'I Go Pogo' (1980) (voice) .... Cherchy LaFemme 
No Man's Valley (1981) (TV) (voice) .... Fred Firmwing 
"CBS Library" (1 episode, 1983)
"Search for Tomorrow" (1951) TV series .... N.O. Poindexter (unknown episodes, 1986)
Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats (1987) (TV) (voice) .... Top Cat 
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: The Musical: The House on East 88th Street (1987) .... Bird 
"Tales from the Darkside" .... Tapok (1 episode, 1987)
"The Cosby Show" .... Man in Waiting Room (1 episode, 1989)
"Mathnet" .... Pop Bespectakled (1 episode, 1990)
Ghost Dad (1990) .... Mr. Cohen, elderly patient 
"Wake, Rattle & Roll" (1990) TV series (voice) .... Top Cat 
Clippers (1991) (TV) .... Leonard 
Dennis the Menace (1993) .... Photographer 
"The Cosby Mysteries" .... Homeless Guy (1 episode, 1994)
"Garfield and Friends" .... Irwin the Mouse (1 episode, 1994)
The Buick Berle Show, 1954 (1995) (V) .... Francis
"Courage the Cowardly Dog" .... Additional Characters / ... (3 episodes, 1999-2002
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Soundtrack:

Seven Days' Leave (1942) (performer: "Please Won't You Leave My Girl Alone" (1942)) 
Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977) (performer: "You're My Friend")

Himself:

The Star-Spangled Revue (1950) (TV) .... Himself
"The Colgate Comedy Hour" .... Himself - Sketch Actor (1 episode, 1953)
"The Name's the Same" .... Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1954)
The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle (1956) (TV) .... Himself
"What's My Line?" .... Mystery Guest / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
"The Red Skelton Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1957)
"The Vic Damone Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1957)
"The Patrice Munsel Show" .... Himself (2 episodes, 1958)
"Toast of the Town" .... Comedian (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
"Here's Hollywood" .... Himself (1 episode, 1960)
"How's Your Mother-in-Law?" .... Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' (1991) (TV) .... Himself/Ray
"Reading Rainbow" .... Himself (3 episodes, 1986-1995)
Cool Cats in Interview Alley (2004) (V) .... Himself 


Honors

Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 2004

Related Links

http://www.goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-51.html
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/06/you_wanna_make_.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822205/
http://www.tvparty.com/vaultstang.html

Bibliographic References

http://www.goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-51.html
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/06/you_wanna_make_.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822205

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