Cliff Norton

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Cliff Norton
Born Clifford Charles Norton
(1918-03-21)March 21, 1918
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 25, 2003(2003-01-25) (aged 84)
Studio City, California, U.S.
Resting place
Cremated
Occupation Actor/Radio announcer
Years active 1949–1994

Clifford Charles "Cliff" Norton (March 21, 1918 – January 25, 2003) was an American character actor and radio announcer who had appeared in various movies and television series over a career spanning four decades.

Career[edit]

Norton was probably best known as the announcer for Dave Garroway's radio program. He also appeared on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show in which he appeared as a Westchester County (NY) game warden. He was a regular panelist and presenter on the 1954 ABC game show What's Going On?.

In 1952 he appeared as himself on the short-lived NBC comedy series The Public Life of Cliff Norton, which aired five minutes a night, five nights a week at 11:10pm Eastern Time. He was also star and announcer for the 1960s syndicated program The Funny Manns, which involved silent film footage used for broad comedic effect.

He played Captain Kurtz on Hogan's Heroes season 2 episode 23. He played Police Chief Harris in a 1964 episode of The Munsters ("A Walk on the Mild Side")dressing in drag to capture a purse snatcher in the local park. Norton also made several appearances on Bewitched between 1968 and 1970, and in the 1967 The Monkees episode "The Picture Frame." He also provided the voice for the lead character, Ed Huddles, in Hanna-Barbera's 1970 animated prime-time series Where's Huddles?

One of Norton's film roles was Charlie, the Bailiff in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts.

He appeared in the short-lived weather spot Your Weather and Mine, airing locally in the Los Angeles area in 1963. The spot was sponsored by P.I.P.E..

In 1977, he appeared in "Never Con a Killer," the pilot for the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang, and in the episode "Godfathers Five" of the ABC situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums.

Death[edit]

Norton died of natural causes on January 25, 2003 in Studio City, California.

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