Kaplan from the trailer for the film A New Kind of Love, 1963
January 24, 1927 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Rosa Felsenburg (m. 1973–76)|
Marvin Kaplan (born January 24, 1927) is an American character actor and voice artist.
Life and career
Marvin Kaplan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. Kaplan is probably best known for his recurring role on the sitcom Alice where he portrayed a phone lineman named Henry Beesmeyer who frequented Mel's diner. He was a part of the cast from 1977 to the series end in 1985. His oft-referred to wife on the show, Chloe, was only seen once, and was played by Ruth Buzzi.
Earlier, Kaplan 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 small role in the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World playing a gas station attendant; in both roles he was featured alongside actor Arnold Stang (the voice of Top Cat).
Among other roles, 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.
- Adam's Rib - Court Stenographer (1949)
- Francis - First Medical Corps lieutenant (1950)
- Key to the City - Newspaper Photographer (1950)
- The Reformer and the Redhead - Leon (1950)
- I Can Get It for You Wholesale - Arnold Fisher (1951)
- A New Kind of Love - Harry (1963)
- It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Gas Station Attendant (1963)
- The Great Race - Frisbee (1965)
- Official website
- An interview with Marvin Kaplan, April 2012 - Part One
- An interview with Marvin Kaplan, April 2012 - Part Two
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