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Chuck McCann

  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
  • Birthday: September 02
Date of passing: 
April 08, 2018

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Chuck McCann was an American actor, comedian, and voice artist.

McCann was known to a generation of children who grew up watching his children's comedy/variety TV puppet shows in the New York City metropolitan area from the 1960s until 1975.

Chuck McCann was an American actor, comedian, and voice artist.

McCann was known to a generation of children who grew up watching his children's comedy/variety TV puppet shows in the New York City metropolitan area from the 1960s until 1975.

In the 1960s, McCann began an animation acting career, voicing hundreds of cartoons and animated commercials, most notably the title character in the 1966-69 cartoon series Cool McCool, as well as Sonny the Cuckoo Bird ("I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!") in commercials for General Mills. McCann also found fame in a long-running series of commercials for Right Guard antiperspirant: he was the enthusiastic neighbor with the catch phrase "Hi, guy!" who appeared on the other side of a shared medicine cabinet, opposite actor Bill Fiore.

McCann impersonated Oliver Hardy in commercials for various products (teaming with comedian Jim MacGeorge as Stan Laurel). In 1964, he and writer John McCabe were two of the five founding members of The Sons of the Desert, a worldwide appreciation club for the works of Laurel and Hardy.

McCann made frequent guest appearances on network television shows including Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, Columbo, Kojak, Police Woman, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, CHiPS, The Rockford Files, The Bob Newhart Show, Mad About You, and Boston Legal.

In 2017, McCann recorded a comedy podcast program, "Trump: The Last Family,” a send-up in the tradition of the best-selling The First Family LP, which lampooned the JFK administration.

McCann died April 8, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. He was 83.

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Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann

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