Dayton Allen

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Dayton Allen
Dayton Allen 1959.JPG
Allen as some of the characters he performed on The Steve Allen Show, and also as himself, 1959.
Born
Dayton Allen Bolke

(1919-09-24)September 24, 1919
DiedNovember 11, 2004(2004-11-11) (aged 85)
OccupationComedian, voice actor
Years active1937–1985
Spouse(s)
Elvi Allen (m. 1958)
RelativesBradley Bolke (brother)

Dayton Allen (September 24, 1919 – November 11, 2004) was a comedian and voice actor.[1] He was one of the "men in the street" on The Steve Allen Show. His catchphrase was "Why not, Bubbe?" (pronounced "whooooyyy not!")[2]

Early life[edit]

Allen was born Dayton Allen Bolke in New York City, the son of Helen and Sol Bolke, a dress manufacturer.[3] His younger brother, Bradley Bolke, had some limited success as a voice-actor, often appearing in supporting roles alongside Allen.[4] He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, where he graduated from A.B. Davis High School in June 1936. One of his school friends was Art Carney. Married to Elvi Allen (Previously Elvi Gripman Born Daniels) 0 biological, 2 Step Children from Elvi Allan: Son Mark Allen and daughter Christianna Carolyn Allan 3 Grandchildren Daughter Christianna: GrandSon Mr. "Lu Ka" Luke Wood Morgan, GrandSon Brett Wood Morgan / Son Mark: Grandson Kaizan Gripman


Filmography Jump to: Actor | Miscellaneous Crew | Self Hide Actor (137 credits)

1984 

The Cotton Club Solly

1971 

Oscar's Birthday Present (Short) Astronut / Oscar Mild / Spy / ... (voice)

1971 

Oscar's Thinking Cap (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1970 

Martian Moochers (Short) Astronut (voice)

1970 

Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp (TV Series) Lancelot Link / Commander Darwin / Dr. Strangemind / ... - The Evolution Revolution/The Great Water Robbery (1970) ... Lancelot Link / Dr. Strangemind / Commander Darwin (voice) - The Chump Code Caper/Weather or Not (1970) ... Lancelot Link / Commander Darwin / Dr. Strangemind (voice) - The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold/Too Many CHUMPs (1970) ... Commander Darwin / Lancelot Link (voice) - The Golden Swwword/The Chilling CHUMP Chase (1970) ... Lancelot Link / Ali Assa Seen / Commander Darwin / ... (voice) - The Sour Taste of Success/The Baron's Birthday Ball (1970) ... Dr. Strangemind / Lancelot Link / Commander Darwin (voice) Show all 17 episodes

1970 

Going Ape (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1969 

The Toy Man (Short) Toys (voice)

1969 

Space Pet (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1967 

Baron Von Go-Go (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Frozen Sparklers (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Bugged by a Bug (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Marvin Digs (Short) Marvin / George (voice, uncredited)

1967 

Fancy Plants (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Mr. Winlucky (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Traffic Trouble (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Dr. Rhinestone's Theory (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

The Opera Caper (Short) Kidnappers (voice, uncredited)

1967 

Which Is Witch? (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

Give Me Liberty (Short) James Hound / Mr. Big / Chop Chop (voice)

1967 

The Steve Allen Comedy Hour (TV Series) Various parts - Episode dated 26 July 1967 (1967) - Episode dated 5 July 1967 (1967) ... Various parts - Episode dated 21 June 1967 (1967)

1967 

A Voodoo Spell (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

It's for the Birds (Short) James Hound (voice)

1967 

The Heat's Off (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

The Phantom Skyscraper (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

Dreamnapping (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

Mighty Heroes (TV Series) Astronut - The Proton Pulsator ... Astronut (voice)

1966 

The Rain Drain (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

The Monster Master (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

Messed Up Movie Makers (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Movie Director / ... (voice)

1966 

Dr. Ha-Ha (Short) James Hound (voice)

1966 

Stage Plight (TV Short) Various (voice)

1966 

Fort Fangenstein (TV Short) Professor Weirdo (voice)

1966 

Gems from Gemini (Short) Astronut (voice)

1966 

Sphinx Jinx (TV Short) Various (voice)

1966 

Crumby Mummy (TV Short) Professor Weirdo (voice)

1963-1965 

Luno the White Stallion (TV Series) Tim / Luno - Roc-a-Bye Sinbad (1965) ... Tim - The Astronut Show (1965) ... Luno (voice) - King Rounder (1963) ... Tim - Trouble in Baghdad (1963) ... Tim

1965 

No Space Like Home (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1965 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Telstar (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1965 

Milton the Monster (TV Series) - The Bomb's Rush/There Auto Be a Law/Ghoul School (1965) ... (voice) - Safari Harry/Nuggets to You/Batnap ... (voice) - The Spider Spiter/Sickened Honeymoon/Abercrombie the Zombie ... (voice) - The Sphinx Jinx/Penny Ante/Monstrous Escape ... (voice) - Invincible vs. Invisible/Suit Yourself/The Dummy Talks ... (voice) Show all 7 episodes

1965 

The Munsters (TV Series) Dr. Willoughby - Operation Herman (1965) ... Dr. Willoughby

1965 

Robots in Toyland (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1965 

The Itch (Short) Farley (voice, uncredited)

1965 

Weather Magic (Short) Astronut / Oscar Mild / Weathermen (voice)

1965 

The Sky's the Limit (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1964 

Hokey Home Movies (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1964 

Molecular Mixup (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1964 

Oil Thru the Day (Short) Duckwood (voice)

1964 

Oscar's Moving Day (Short) Astronut / Oscar Mild / Mr. Nicely (voice)

1964 

Search for Misery (Short) Roland Stone (voice)

1964 

Short-Term Sheriff (Short) Duckwood (voice)

1964 

Monstrous Task (TV Short) Various (voice)

1964 

Outer Galaxy Gazette (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1964 

Kisser Plant (Short) Astronut / Oscar (voice)

1964 

Brother from Outer Space (Short) Astronut (voice)

1964 

The Red Tractor (Short) Duckwood (voice)

1959-1963 

The Deputy Dawg Show (TV Series) Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher / ... - Astronut (1963) ... Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Space Varmint / ... (voice) - Just Ghost t' Show You (1963) ... Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher / ... (voice) - Grandpa Law (1963) ... Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher / ... (voice) - Bad Luck Day (1963) ... Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher / ... (voice) - Daddy Frog Legs (1963) ... Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher (voice) Show all 110 episodes

1963 

The New Casper Cartoon Show (TV Series) Various (1963) (voice, uncredited)

1963 

Split-Level Treehouse (Short) Sidney (voice)

1963 

Boy Pest with Osh (TV Short) Various (voice)

1963 

Driven to Extraction (Short) Sidney (voice)

1963 

Sidney's White Elephant (Short) Sidney (voice)

1963 

Trash Program (Short) George / Teacher (voice, uncredited)

1962 

Big Chief No Treaty (Short) Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Vincent Van Gopher / ... (voice)

1962 

Home Life (Short) Sidney (voice)

1962 

Nobody's Ghoul (Short) Deputy Dawg (voice)

1962 

Rebel Trouble (Short) Deputy Dawg / The Old Rebel / J.B. / ... (voice)

1962 

Shotgun Shambles (Short) Deputy Dawg / Muskie / Alligator / ... (voice)

1962 

Where There's Smoke (Short) Deputy Dawg (voice)

1962 

To Be or Not to Be (Short) Sidney (voice)

1962 

The Fleet's Out (Short) (voice)

1962 

The Adventures of Lariat Sam (TV Series) Lariat Sam / Tippy-Toes (voice)

1962 

Send Your Elephant to Camp (Short) Sidney the Elephant (voice)

1962 

Cool Cat Blues (Short) Bodyguard / Sloppy Louie / Louie's Henchmen / ... (voice, uncredited)

1962 

Good and Guilty (Short) Gremlins / Nasty / Judge / ... (voice, uncredited)

1962 

Perry Popgun (Short) Perry Popgun / Valet / Waiter / ... (voice, uncredited)

1961 

Tree Spree (Short) Stanley / Cleo the Giraffe (voice)

1961 

Cane and Able (Short) Cat (voice, uncredited)

1961 

The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) Regular

1961 

Bopin' Hood (Short) Cat (voice, uncredited)

1961 

The Inquisit Visit (Short) Chaz Huntington / Minton Silver / Clyde (voice, uncredited)

1961 

Hound About That (Short) Hunter / Dog / Fox (voice, uncredited)

1961 

The Kid from Mars (Short) Ringmaster / Ticket-Seller (voice, uncredited)

1960 

Top Cat (Short) Cat / J. Caesar Bandwagon / Russians / ... (voice, uncredited)

1960 

Galaxia (Short) Matchmaker (voice, uncredited)

1960 

Two-Ton Baby Sitter (Short) Cleo the Giraffe (voice)

1959 

Hide and Go Sidney (Short) Sidney (voice)

1959 

The Hector Heathcote Show (TV Series) Cleo the Giraffe

1958 

Grateful Gus (Short) Grateful Gus (voice, uncredited)

1956 

The Heckle and Jeckle Show (TV Series) Heckle / Jeckle (1956-1971) (voice)

1954 

The Reformed Wolf (Short) Wolf Friend (voice, uncredited)

1953 

Winky-Dink and You (TV Series) Mr. Bungle

1952 

The Howdy Doody Show (TV Series) Phineas T. Bluster / Flubadub - Episode dated 1 April 1952 (1952) ... Phineas T. Bluster / Flubadub (voice)

1951 

Howdy Doody's Christmas (Short) Ugly Sam (unconfirmed, uncredited)

1951 

Movie Madness (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Studio Guard (voice, uncredited)

1951 

The Cat's Tale (Short) Cat (voice, uncredited)

1951 

'Sno Fun (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Powerful Pierre / ... (voice, uncredited)

1951 

The Helpful Geni (Short) Geni (voice, uncredited)

1950 

Sour Grapes (Short) Foxy Fox (voice, uncredited)

1950 

King Tut's Tomb (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Sphinx (voice, uncredited)

1950 

All This and Rabbit Stew (Short) Vultures (voice, uncredited)

1950 

The Red-Headed Monkey (Short) Major Throttlebottom / Horses (voice, uncredited)

1950 

Law and Order (Short) Radio Announcer / Pinhead / The Boss / ... (voice, uncredited)

1950 

The Dog Show (Short) Narrator / Judge / Master of Ceremonies / ... (voice, uncredited)

1949 

Flying Cups and Saucers (Short) Dimwit / Moon Cats / Radio Announcer (voice, uncredited)

1949 

Dancing Shoes (Short) Heckle, Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1949 

Mrs. Jones' Rest Farm (Short) Mrs. Jones (voice, uncredited)

1949 

The Stowaways (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit / ... (voice, uncredited)

1949 

Hula Hula Land (Short) Heckle, Jeckle, Dimwit (voice, uncredited)

1949 

Happy Landing (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Bulldog (voice, uncredited)

1949 

The Catnip Gang (Short) Radio Announcer / Bulldog Police Chief (voice, uncredited)

1949 

The Lyin' Lion (Short) Ringmaster (voice, uncredited)

1949 

The Lion Hunt (Short) Heckle / Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1948 

The Power of Thought (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Bulldog Cop (voice, uncredited)

1948 

The Racket Buster (Short) Narrator / Edward G. Robincat (voice)

1948 

The Magic Slipper (Short) Wolf / Prince (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Goony Golfers (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Bulldog Golfer (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Free Enterprise (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit (voice, uncredited)

1948 

The Adventures of Oky Doky (TV Series) Oky Doky (voice)

1948 

Magpie Madness (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit / ... (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Out Again, in Again (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit / ... (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Triple Trouble (Short) Oil Can Harry (voice, uncredited)

1948 

A Sleepless Night (Short) Heckle / Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Taming the Cat (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Cat (voice, uncredited)

1948 

Felix the Fox (Short) Dimwit / Felix the Fox (voice, uncredited)

1947 

Lazy Little Beaver (Short) Wolf (voice, uncredited)

1947 

The Hitch Hikers (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit (voice, uncredited)

1947 

The Super Salesman (Short) Heckle / Jeckle / Dimwit / ... (voice, uncredited)

1947 

Flying South (Short) Heckle / Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1947 

Cat Trouble (Short) Heckle / Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1947 

McDougal's Rest Farm (Short) Heckle / Jeckle (voice, uncredited)

1947 

Crying Wolf (Short) Dimwit / Wolf (voice, uncredited)

1946 

The Uninvited Pests (Short) Heckle, Jeckle, Dimwit (voice, uncredited)

1946 

The Crackpot King (Short) King (voice, uncredited)

1946 

The Tortoise Wins Again (Short) Papa Hare / Papa Tortoise / Pig (voice)

1946 

The Talking Magpies (Short) Magpie Husband, Dimwit, Magpie Salesman (voice, uncredited)

1945 

The Exterminator (Short) Radio Announcer / Narrator (voice)

1945 

Bad Bill Bunion (Short) TV Announcer (voice, uncredited) Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit) Show Self (11 credits)

Career[edit]

Allen, like Carney, began his career in radio. In 1937–1938 WINS (AM) hired him as a disc jockey.[5]

He was the voice of various New York-based children's television show characters, appearing on Winky Dink and You as Mr. Bungle for five years, and playing "Phineas T. Bluster", "Flub-a-Dub", and various other puppet characters on Howdy Doody (as well as several "live" characters, including Ugly Sam and Pierre the Chef) for 4 years. Dayton was also the voice of Deputy Dawg, Heckle and Jeckle, Luno, and many early 1960s Terrytoons cartoon characters.[6] Allen also provided the voice of Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. He continued to be a voiceover performer through the 1990s.

He was best known as the "Why Not?" man when he joined the cast of the NBC Sunday night variety show that Allen began hosting to compete against Ed Sullivan on CBS. The catch-phrase began as a stalling ad-lib to an interview question; then it caught on. Allen used it for television commercials and saw novelty toys, a book and a record spin off from the "Why not?" phenomenon. In its day, fans were shouting "Why not?" as often as Mad Magazine's famous "What? Me Worry?"

His brother, Bradley Bolke, was also a voice actor best known as the voice of Chumley (Tennessee Tuxedo's walrus sidekick) on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, and the syndicated version of The Underdog Show.[7][8]

Allen's talents as a mimic were showcased in October 1963 when he appeared alongside Groucho Marx on the CBS-TV game show I've Got A Secret. The show’s panelists had been blindfolded, and all their questions to Groucho were answered instead by Allen doing an accurate Groucho impersonation. Finally, with panelists Bess Myerson, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Bill Cullen all stumped, the secret was revealed.[9]

A classic example of Allen's humor comes from an August 1968 appearance on The Steve Allen Show, syndicated nationally in the US by Filmways: "Did you know your mind alone can make you smart?"

After his show business career ended, Allen was a real estate agent, operating out of an office in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

He died of complication from a stroke.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dayton Allen".
  2. ^ "Dayton Allen, 85, TV Voice Artist".
  3. ^ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1997-04-09-9704080171-story.html
  4. ^ https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/bradley-bolke-chumley-the-walrus-on-tennessee-tuxedo-cartoons-dies-at-93/ar-BBSlu6J
  5. ^ http://www.crazycollege.org/allen.htm
  6. ^ "Deputy Dawg: Welcome Mischa Mouse (1971) - - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "Bradley Bolke - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  8. ^ Tim, Lawson (4 September 2018). "The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors". Univ. Press of Mississippi – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Hahn, Matthew (15 November 2017). "The Animated Marx Brothers". BearManor Media – via Google Books.
  10. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (20 April 2005). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture". McFarland – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Dayton Allen, 85, Cartoon Voice Actor, Dies". The New York Times. The Associated Press.

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