Elliot Harvey Atkin
18 December 1942
|Died||17 July 2017 (aged 74)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Cause of death||Brain cancer|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Celia Tessler (m. 1963)
Elliot Harvey Atkin (18 December 1942 – 17 July 2017), known as Harvey Atkin, was a Canadian actor and voice actor who worked in feature films and television.
Atkin was born 18 December 1942 in Toronto, Ontario to parents of Russian-Jewish descent. He developed his interest in acting while a student at Northview Heights Secondary School by performing in a high school production of Eugene O'Neill's one-act play The Rope, for which he won an award at the Simpson's Drama Festival. Atkin initially worked at his father's construction company. He then became a real estate agent, eventually transitioning to acting in commercials.
Atkin had a role in William Fruet's horror film Funeral Home (1980), as well as the role of Sam in The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, and also played Mario's and Luigi's archenemy King Koopa on DiC Entertainment's cartoon version of Super Mario Bros. (notably, he was the first English voice actor for the character). Playing Koopa in all three Mario animated series, he was the only voice actor to appear in all three series as the same character.
He voiced Mr. Mushnik on Little Shop, loosely based on the movie Little Shop of Horrors. He also played characters in other series such as Beetlejuice, Bad Dog and Ruby Gloom. Atkin appeared in more than 75 films and on many television series. He did voice-over work in approximately 3,000 television and radio commercials, notably for the Leon's Furniture chain, for which he won three Clio Awards.
He appeared in 95 episodes of Cagney & Lacey as Sergeant Ronald Coleman. Atkin played Judge Alan Ridenour in a recurring role on the television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role he also played in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order, and was the voice-over in Leon's and "Buy Israel Bonds" commercials in Canada. He also made a cameo playing a bus driver in the classic film Atlantic City (1980) starring Burt Lancaster, and was the voice for Morty in the television series Jacob Two-Two. He made a guest appearance in 2010 as a rabbi on the CBC Television series 18 to Life.
Atkin died of brain cancer in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 74. A re-animated version of the Super Mario World episode "Mama Luigi", commissioned and directed by animation artist Andrew Dickman within a year with over 227 animators and artists participating, was dedicated to Atkin alongside Tony Rosato (Luigi) who died on 10 January. The video was released on 29 August 2017.
|1980||Atlantic City||Bus Driver|
|1980||Funeral Home||Harry Browning|
|1981||The Incubus||Joe Prescott|
|1981||The Last Chase|
|1981||Heavy Metal||Alien / Henchman||Voice|
|1981||Ticket to Heaven||Mr. Stone|
|1982||If You Could See What I Hear||Bert|
|1982||Visiting Hours||Vinnie Bradshaw|
|1983||All in Good Taste|
|1985||Joshua Then and Now||Dr. Jonathan Cole|
|1987||Mr. Nice Guy||Jerry Reeman|
|1989||Speed Zone||Gus Gold|
|1989||Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!||Lew Eisen|
|1991||Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster|
|1991||Every Dog's Guide to the Playground||Voice|
|1993||Guilty as Sin||Judge Steinberg|
|1996||The Stupids||Deli Guy|
|1997||Love and Death on Long Island||Lou|
|1997||Critical Care||Judge Fatale|
|1998||One Tough Cop||Rudy|
|1977||The War Between the Tates|
|1992||Terror on Track 9|
|1994||Seasons of the Heart|
|1994||Janek: The Silent Betrayal;|
|1995||Between Love and Honor|
|1995||Family of Cops|
|1996||Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault|
|2000||Out of Sync|
|2006||Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy|
|1975||Down Home Country||Chuck Wagon|
|1977–1980||King of Kensington||various||4 episodes|
|1982–1988||Cagney & Lacey||Sergeant Ronald Coleman||95 episodes|
|1982||Claim to Fame|
|1986–1993||Under The Umbrella Tree||The Great Goldberg|
|1987–1989||ALF: The Animated Series||Additional Voices||Voice|
|1989||The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!||King Koopa||Voice|
|1990||Piggsburg Pigs!||Additional Voices||Voice|
|1990||The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3||King Koopa||Voice|
|1991||Super Mario World||King Koopa||Voice|
|1996||Goosebumps||Mr. Malik||Episode: "Bad Hare Day"|
|1997||The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police||Sam||Voice|
|1998||Bad Dog||Mr. Potanski||Voice|
|1998–2001||Bob and Margaret||Additional Voices||Voice|
|2000–2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Alan Ridenour||18 episodes|
|2006–2008||6teen||George Bickerson||3 episodes|
|2010–2013||Scaredy Squirrel||7 episodes|
- Morrow, Martin (4 August 2017). "Canadian actor Harvey Atkin had a gift for comedy". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
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