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Marvin Kaplan

Marvin Kaplan
Kaplan from the trailer for the film A New Kind of Love, 1963
Personal information
Birth dateJanuary 24, 1927(age 89)
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor/Voice artist
Spouse-Rosa Felsenburg-1973-1976

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Marvin Kaplan (born January 24, 1927) is an American character actor and voice artist. Kaplan is probably best known for his recurring role on the 1970s sitcom Alice where he portrayed a phone company employee named Henry Beesmeyer who frequented Mel's diner. Earlier, he had a regular role in the TV sitcom Meet Millie as Alfred Prinzmetal, an aspiring poet-composer. That program ran from 1952 to 1956. In addition, Kaplan was the voice of Choo Choo on the 1960s cartoon series Top Cat and had a bit role in the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World playing a gas station attendant opposite Jonathan Winters; in both roles he was featured alongside actor Arnold Stang (Top Cat's voice actor), with whom he shared a somewhat similar physical appearance.

Kaplan costarred in the 1965 Blake Edwards comedy The Great Race alongside Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. He also made a brief appearance as a carpet cleaner in the 1976 film Freaky Friday. His earlier roles include the court reporter in Adam's Rib with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, where in his trademark deadpan style he asks Tracy how to spell "Pinky", a private pet name for Hepburn's character that Tracy had accidentally used while in court.

Kaplan also had a recurring role as Mr. Gordon on the television sitcom Becker.




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