in I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962)
March 9, 1936
Brooklyn, New York City
|Occupation||actor, comedian, comedy sketchwriter, theatrical agent|
|Years active||early 1960s-present|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Jones, 1977-present|
|Children||Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy (stepsons); David Cassidy, step-son of Shirley Jones|
Marty Ingels (born March 9, 1936) is an actor, comedian, theatrical agent, and, by many, best known as the voice of many cartoon characters and commercials. Born Martin Ingerman in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, he is the son of Jacob and Minnie (née: Crown) Ingerman.
Ingels' acting career dates back to the early 1960s. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama, Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood, California. He guest starred on the CBS sitcoms, Pete and Gladys, The Ann Sothern Show, and Hennesey. He appeared twice as Sol Pomeroy, a United States Army buddy of the character Rob Petrie, on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1978, Mr. Ingels guest starred in Season Two, Episode One of The Love Boat. As recently as 2010, Ingels was cast in an episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also acted in motion pictures and had his own short-lived ABC television series, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962–1963) with John Astin, which lasted one season of thirty-two episodes.
His voice-overs and commercials include those for Paul Masson wines, with his uniquely raspy voice. He played AutoCat in the Autocat and Motormouse cartoons featured first on The Cattanooga Cats and then in a series of their own, and was Beegle Beagle in The Great Grape Ape Show. His latest role was in Pac-Man (1982) as the title character. He was considered as a replacement for the late Lorenzo Music, to voice the Garfield the Cat character. The producers chose, instead, to discontinue Garfield and Friends after seven seasons.
In recent decades, Ingels has worked less as an actor than as an agent, specializing in representing actors in celebrity endorsement ads. A deal for his contract to read for voice of Pac-Man in the cartoon was to be granted a Pac-Man arcade cabinet, which was delivered by truck to his home.
Ingels has been married since 1977 to the actress and singer Shirley Jones.
In 1993, Ingels publicly charged actress June Allyson with not paying his large agency commission for obtaining her a job as spokesperson for Depend brand adult incontinence products. Allyson denied owing any money and in August 1993, she and husband David Ashrow filed a lawsuit against Ingels for slander and emotional distress. The suit said Ingels had harassed and threatened them, including 138 phone calls during a single eight-hour period. In February of that year, Ingels had pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls.
In 2003, Ingels called the talk show of radio personality Tom Leykis under an assumed name, Paul Russo, to complain about the content of Leykis's provocative show. Ingels said he was treated rudely by the call screener, and when Ingels was placed on the air, Leykis stated, "you're not just older than my demographic, you're the grandfather of my demographic". Asserting that Leykis's insults of Ingels' age violated California's Unruh Civil Rights Act – which prohibits individuals discrimination in business – Ingels sued Westwood One and Leykis in July 2003 for age discrimination. In June 2005, Ingels's lawsuit was thrown out of the California courts, with the judgement stating that Leykis's comments were protected free speech and that Ingels was not discriminated against because he was allowed to speak on the program. Moreover, Ingels was ordered to pay Leykis's $25,000 in legal fees.
- Jones, Shirley; Ingels, Marty; Herskowitz, Mickey (1990). Shirley and Marty: An Unlikely Love Story. New York: William Morrow & Company. ISBN 0-688-08457-5.
- Marty Ingels at the Internet Movie Database
- C.A. Rejects Age Bias Suit Over Exclusion From Radio Talk Show
- An Interview with Marty Ingels Part One, June 2012
- An Interview with Marty Ingels Part Two, June 2012
- An Interview with Marty Ingels Part Three, July 2012