Alan Oppenheimer

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Alan Oppenheimer
Alan Oppenheimer by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Oppenheimer at the 2015 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1930-04-23) April 23, 1930 (age 92)
OccupationActor
Years active1956–present
Spouse(s)Marianna Elliott
(m. 1958; div. 19??;
m. 1992; died 2003)
Marilyn Greenwood
(m. 1984; div. 1990)
Children3

Alan Oppenheimer (born April 23, 1930) is an American actor. He has performed numerous roles on live action television since the 1960s, and he has had an active career doing voice work since the 1970s.

Early life[edit]

Oppenheimer was born in New York City on April 23, 1930, to Louis and Irene Oppenheimer. His father worked as a stockbroker.[1]

Career[edit]

Character roles[edit]

As a character actor, Oppenheimer has had diverse roles in popular American television programming, from playing a Nazi in Hogan's Heroes, to playing an Israeli secret agent as well as a double-agent KAOS scientist on Get Smart, to being the second actor to play Dr. Rudy Wells in The Six Million Dollar Man (Martin Balsam played the role in the pilot film). Oppenheimer took over as Rudy starting with the second film, "Wine, Women and War" up until the introduction of the bionic woman in 1975, whereupon Martin E. Brooks took over as Wells until cancellation). He was the original Mickey Malph (Ralph Malph's dad) on Happy Days. He played a recurring role during the first two seasons of St. Elsewhere as Helen Rosenthal's husband, Ira. He had a recurring role as Mayor Alvin B. Tutwiller on Mama's Family.

He then continued in science fiction genre in the 1973 cult classic Westworld, where he played the head IT technician. He has also appeared in three Star Trek series, always playing a different character. He appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rightful Heir" as a Klingon cleric, Koroth, a primary instigator of the cloning of Kahless; on Deep Space Nine as a Starfleet Captain Declan Keogh in command of the USS Odyssey; and as an alien ambassador in Voyager.

Oppenheimer also appeared as film director Cecil B. DeMille in the 1994 Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Blvd.[2]

Voice acting[edit]

Oppenheimer (left) with Jim Cummings (middle) and Loren Lester (right) in 2015

Oppenheimer has voiced many characters, often for Filmation in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Oil Can Harry, Swifty and the narrator on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, Ming the Merciless on Flash Gordon, the Overlord on BlackStar, Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from Filmation's 1980s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and the voice of Prime Evil in the 1986 TV series, Filmation's Ghostbusters.[3] Other notable voice roles include Thundarr the Barbarian, Vanity on The Smurfs, Rhinokey and Crock from The Wuzzles and Falkor, Gmork, Rockbiter, and the Narrator from 1984's The NeverEnding Story. In the early 1990s, Oppenheimer was the voice of Merlin in The Legend of Prince Valiant. He also provided the voice of Barkerville in the Pound Puppies TV special. He also voiced Fraidy Cat on Fraidy Cat in 1975 and provided additional voices on Battle of the Planets in 1978.

Loren Lester and Alan Oppenheimer posing for a 2015 photograph

Oppenheimer worked on The Transformers, most notably as two contrasting characters, the pacifist Beachcomber and the bellicose Warpath. His rendition of Seaspray was remarkably similar to Mer-Man, including the gurgling effects. He took over the voice of Roger Smith's butler Norman Burg in the English dub of the second season of The Big O. He was the voice of the unseen Alistair Crane on the soap opera Passions up until 2004, when the character was made fully visible and played by David Bailey. More recently, he provided the voice of the Scientist for the 2009 film 9 and Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.[citation needed]

Oppenheimer's repertoire also includes video games, voicing Dr. Piotr Ivanovich in Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Prometheus in God of War II and Jandor the Airship Captain in Nox. In Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, he spoke the part of Harold, an ancient mutated survivor of nuclear holocaust who has appeared in four of the Fallout series games, and played the roles of The Chariot Master and Dyntos, God of the Forge, in Kid Icarus: Uprising. Oppenheimer also voiced the parts of a non-player character Soldier and the Wasteland Trader, and the NPC 'enemies' Cult Ghoul Thug and Kamikaze in Fallout: BoS. Also, in the English TG-16 port of Ys Book I and II, Oppenheimer voiced the roles of the Narrator, and the game's lead antagonist, Darm.

In 2019 he guest-starred on the animated series Tigtone and in Toy Story 4 as Old Timer.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Oppenheimer married costume designer Marianna Elliott in 1958 and together they had three children.[5] The couple divorced, but wed again in 1992 and remained married until her death in 2003.[5] In 1984, he wed professional tennis player Marilyn Greenwood. They divorced in 1990.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1963 Office of Special Investigation U.S.A.F. instructor Uncredited
1966 Gammera the Invincible Dr. Contrare
1967 Gunn Whiteside Credited as Allan Oppenheimer
1967 In the Heat of the Night Ted Appleton Uncredited
1968 How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life Everett Bauer
1968 Star! Andre Charlot, Producer
1968 Up Tight! Unctuous Man in Arcade
1969 The Maltese Bippy Adolph Springer
1970 Little Big Man Major
1972 The Groundstar Conspiracy General Hackett
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Insurance Man
1973 Westworld Chief Supervisor
1975 Win, Place or Steal Lt. Mannite
1975 The Lives of Jenny Dolan Springfield
1975 The Hindenburg Albert Breslau
1976 Helter Skelter Aaron Stovitz
1976 Freaky Friday Mr. Joffert
1978 Record City Blind Man
1979 A Pleasure Doing Business Marvin
1980 Private Benjamin Rabbi
1981 Macbeth Duncan
1982 Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase Mighty Mouse Voice
1984 The NeverEnding Story Falkor, Gmork, Rockbiter Voice, uncredited
1984 Locke the Superman Locke 1989 dub
1985 The Secret of the Sword Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Cringer / Battle Cat, Bald Rebel, Chef Alan Voice
1985 He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Zipper Voice
1988 BraveStarr: The Movie Handlebar, Outlaw Scuzz, Stampede Voice
1988 Moving Mr. Cadell
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Oomp
1992 Love Field Announcer
1993 Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight Dr. Knox
1994 Trancers 5: Sudden Deth Farr
1997 Culture
2008 Juan Frances: Live Mr. French
2009 The Secret Life of Bees Additional voices
2009 9 The Scientist Voice
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Alfred Pennyworth Voice
2014 Foxcatcher Du Point Dynasty Narrator Voice
2017 Best Fiends: Boot Camp[6] King Slug
2019 Toy Story 4 Old Timer Voice
2022 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers He-Man, Skeletor Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Defenders Dr. Frick
1966 The Felony Squad Ed Clark
1966 The F.B.I. Ludovic Krols
1966–1967 I Spy Colonel Benkovsky
1967 It's About Time Pettijohn
1967 He & She Murray Mouse
1967 Judd for the Defense District Attorney Tom Rogers
1967 Get Smart Agent 498
1967–1969 Hogan's Heroes Colonel Sitzer, Herman Freitag, Major Byron Buckles, Wilhelm
1968 The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Ruskin
1968 The Name of the Game Harvey
1968 Here Come the Brides Benet
1968–1971 The Mod Squad Bob Ross, Phil Norval
1969 Lancer Dan'l Drew
1969 The Queen and I H.R. Martin
1969 My Friend Tony Dr. Mink
1969 The Bill Cosby Show Dwight McDevitt
1969 Ironside Arnold Cane
1969 The Mod Squad Phil Norval
1969–1970 That Girl Dr. Globe, Morgan Jerome, Mr. Katz, Stewart Hurly
1969–1970 Here Come the Brides Benet, Victor
1970 I Dream of Jeannie Congressman Farragut
1970 Hastings Corner Dr. Byron Dorman
1970 My World and Welcome to It The Principal
1970 Three for Tahiti Cecil Barrett
1970 The Governor & J.J. Mr. Federenko
1970 The High Chaparral Sweets
1970 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers George Hartnell
1971 The Partridge Family Wink Burgess
1971 Love, American Style Captain Blodgett
1971 Inside O.U.T. Edgar Winston
1971 The Good Life Rolls Royce manager
1971 McCloud Mervin Simmons
1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show Prof. Lokacs
1971 Nichols Averrel
1971–1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Sy Freeman
1971–1972 Bonanza Darius Dalrymple, Ernesto, Wentworth
1971–1972 Insight Marty, Sergeant Varron
1971–1972 The Doris Day Show Marvin Patterson, The Doctor
1972 The Paul Lynde Show Fletcher Lyons
1972 Bewitched Blades Buckholtzer
1972 Here's Lucy Dr. Parker, Herb Hinkley
1973 Butch Cassidy Additional voices
1973 Goober and the Ghost Chasers Additional voices
1973 Speed Buggy Additional voices
1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies J.P. Peabody, Windmaker #4 Voice, episode: "The Weird Winds of Winona"
1973 Inch High, Private Eye Additional voices
1973 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Additional voices
1973–1974 The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Rudy Wells
1974, 1979 ABC Afterschool Special First Cadet, de Brigny, John Hocker Voice, 2 episodes
1974 Valley of the Dinosaurs Gorok Voice
1974 Hong Kong Phooey Additional voices
1975 Uncle Croc's Block Fraidy Cat, Tinker, Dog Voice
1975 The Tom and Jerry Show Ringmaster, Sapstone Voice, 2 episodes
1975 Fraidy Cat Fraidy Cat, Tinker, Dog Voice
1976–1978 The Scooby-Doo Show Jim Rivets, Mr. Collins, Tarlof, Officer Oldfield, Squire Marley, Jean Pierre Baptiste, Chin Wong Sing Voice
1976–1979 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Tomos, Orbin, Phobeg Voice
1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors Simon Cappell
1977 CB Bears Sidney Merciless Voice
1977 Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics Additional voices
1977 Space Sentinels Man-Wolf, Morpheus Voice, 2 episodes
1977 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels Additional voices Episode: "The Mystery Mansion Mix-Up"
1977 The All New Superfriends Hour Gentleman Ghost, Dr. Cranum, Doctor Fright, Marsh Monster, Captain Shark, Scientist, Secret Four Member #4, Hydronoid #2 Voice, 7 episodes
1977 Hawaii Five-O Bernie Fryer Episode: "The Friends of Joey Kalima"
1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 Barton
1978 Peeping Times Miles Rathbourne
1978 Battle of the Planets Additional voices
1978–1979 Fabulous Funnies Captain Katzenjammer, King Guzzle, Irwin, Grelber, Tumbleweeds Voice
1978–1979 Fangface Additional voices
1979 ABC Weekend Special Additional voices 2 episodes
1979 Blind Ambition George Simonson
1979–1980 The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle Mighty Mouse, Oil Can Harry, Swifty, Narrator
1979–1981 The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show Toyman, Half-Ape Voice
1979–1982 The New Adventures of Flash Gordon Ming the Merciless, Hans Zarkov, Gundar the Desert Hawk Voice
1980 Drak Pack Count Dracula Voice
1980 The Lone Ranger Additional voices
1980–1981 Thundarr the Barbarian Mindok the Mind Menace, Muragg, Old Wizard Voice, 2 episodes
1980–1981 The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Controller, Krolack Voice, episode: "Science Friction"; uncredited
1980–1982 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional voices
1981 Blackstar Carpo, Overlord Voice
1981–1982 The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! Uncle Marvel, Doctor Sivana, Tawky Tawny, Shazam Voice
1981–1982 Trollkins Sheriff Pudge Trollism Voice
1981–1982 Hero High Narrator, Mr. Sampson Voice
1981–1989 The Smurfs Vanity Smurf, Homnibus, Father Time Voice
1982 My Smurfy Valentine Vanity Smurf Voice, television film
1982 Mama's Family Mayor Tutweller
1982 The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour Additional voices
1982 Richie Rich Additional voices
1982 The Smurfs Christmas Special Vanity Smurf Voice, television film
1982–1985 Knight Rider General Duncton, Joe Lewis
1983 The Smurfic Games Vanity Smurf Voice, television film
1983–1985 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Skeletor, Mer-Man, Man-At-Arms, Cringer / Battle Cat, Roboto Voice
1985 Challenge of the GoBots Mobius Voice, episode: "Genius and Son"
1985–1986 The Transformers Beachcomber, Breakdown, Seaspray, Warpath Voice
1985 The Wuzzles Rhinokey, Crocosaur, Mr. Packcat Voice
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Mirror Demon, Professor Fantazmo Voice, 2 episodes
1985 Sesame Street Octopus Voice
1985–1987 She-Ra: Princess of Power Skeletor, Cringer / Battle Cat, Man-At-Arms Voice
1986 Ghostbusters Prime Evil, Fangster, Long John Scarechrome Voice
1986 The Centurions Dr. Gates Voice
1986 Rambo: The Force of Freedom Sam Trautman Voice
1986 Karate Kommandos President Voice
1986 Strong Medicine Dr. Townsend
1987 Bionic Six Professor Amadeus Sharp, Metalhand Voice
1987 Tis The Season To Be Smurfy Vanity Smurf Voice, television film
1987–1988 BraveStarr Handlebar, Outlaw Scuzz, Stampede Voice
1987–1988 Snorks Additional voices 4 episodes
1987–1990 DuckTales Colonel Beaureguard DuBark, All My Ducklings Actor, Von Doghausen Voice, 3 episodes
1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Additional voices Season 1
1988 Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Mummy, Swamp Thing Voice, television film
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show Additional voices
1988 Superman Jonathan Kent Voice
1988 Matlock Dr. Linder Episode: "The Heiress"
1988–1989 Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters Goolem, Morris P. Grout Voice
1988–1989 Fantastic Max Additional voices
1989 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Plato, Aldrin Klordane, Captain Kernel Voice
1989 X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men Blob, Colonel Chaffey Voice, television film
1989 TUGS Top Hat, O.J.,Hercules Voice, test US dub
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dr. Polidorius Voice, episode: "Rebel Without a Fin"
1990 The Wizard of Oz Wizard Voice
1991 TaleSpin Principal Ed Pomeroy Voice, episode: "Sheepskin Deep"
1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Dr. Borzon Voice, episode: "Meltdown Syndrome"
1991 Where's Waldo? Additional voices
1991 James Bond Jr. The Chameleon Voice
1991 Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter Arthur Lyons
1991–1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Merlin Voice
1992 Fish Police Additional voices Episode: "The Two Gils"
1992 Tom & Jerry Kids Additional voices 3 episodes
1992 The Little Mermaid Additional voices Episode: "The Evil Manta"
1993 Bonkers Additional voices 2 episodes
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! Additional voices Television film
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation Koroth
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Captain Keogh
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Auctioneer Voice, episode: "Time Out of Joint"
1994 Fantastic Four Watcher, Firelord Voice, episode: "The Silver Surfer and the Coming of Galactus"
1994–1995 Phantom 2040 Professor Jack Archer Voice
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Nezu Ambassador
1997–1998 The New Adventures of Zorro Additional voices
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Leonard Gould
1998 Invasion America Additional voices 3 episodes
1998 Jumanji Ludwig Von Ritcher Voice, 2 episodes
2000 Rocket Power Television Announcer Voice, 2 episodes
2001–2004 Passions Alistair Crane
2003 The Big O Norman Burg Voice, English dub
2003, 2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Father Time, Mighty Moe Voice, 5 episodes
2004 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Laoban Voice, episode: "Red Data"
2005 Clifford's Puppy Days Mr. Solomon Voice, 2 episodes
2007 'Til Death Mr. Wallach Episode: "Performance Anxiety"
2014 Adventure Time Darren the Ancient Sleeper, Sun Voice, episode: "Something Big"
2019 Tigtone Beautiful Horse Head Voice, episode: "Tigtone and the Beautiful War"
2019 Forky Asks a Question Old Timer Voice, episode: "What is Time?"
2020 JJ Villard's Fairy Tales Mirror Max, Roach, Flea Circus Voice, episode: "Snow White"
2021 Masters of the Universe: Revelation Moss-Man Voice
2022 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe King Grayskull Voice

Video games[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Gale. 1989. p. 292.
  2. ^ Sunset Boulevard entry, broadwaymusicalhome.com; accessed May 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Obscure Cartoon Spotlight Episode 6: Quackula". Anime Superhero News. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ Peter DeBruge (June 13, 2019). "Film Review: 'Toy Story 4'". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Gil, Billy (June 25, 2003). "Marianna Elliott".
  6. ^ "Boot Camp - A Best Fiends Animation". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via www.youtube.com.
  7. ^ InXile Entertainment. The Bard's Tale. InXile Entertainment. Scene: Ending credits, 2:10:20 in, More Great Talent.
  8. ^ "Alan Oppenheimer (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 18 March 2022.

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