Henry Polic II

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Henry Albert Polic II
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Born(1945-02-20)February 20, 1945
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 11, 2013(2013-08-11) (aged 68)
Sherman Oaks, California
OccupationActor
Years active1975–2004

Henry Albert Polic II (February 20, 1945 – August 11, 2013) was an American stage, screen, and voice actor, best known as Jerry Silver on Webster.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University and later served in the military police at Fort Riley in Kansas. While at Florida State University he starred in many stage productions including Our Town. He also was an active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1975, Polic was a regular cast member on Mel Brooks' short-lived television comedy, When Things Were Rotten.[1]

In the 1980s, Polic was often seen as a celebrity guest player on various game shows. His most frequent guest spots were on the various incarnations of Pyramid, as he appeared multiple times on The $25,000 Pyramid and the editions of The $100,000 Pyramid hosted by Dick Clark and John Davidson for producer Bob Stewart. Polic did various other work for Stewart, hosting the game show Double Talk in 1986, a pilot for a revival of Stewart's Eye Guess called Eye Q in 1988, and sharing announcing duties with Johnny Gilbert and Dean Goss on the latter edition of The $100,000 Pyramid.[2] His specialties included foreign and regional accents, ballroom dancing and baritone singing.

From the early 1990s until his death, Polic was perhaps best known as the original British-accented voice of the Scarecrow in Batman: The Animated Series. Originally he had a deep, gruff voice, but later made his voice a bit higher for the role. Polic also worked at Florida State University as a guest star in the School of Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, playing Scrooge in 1996. In addition to his game show appearances, Polic himself hosted Double Talk (1986–87).[2]

Polic died on August 11, 2013, of cancer.[3] He is interred at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 When Things Were Rotten Sheriff of Nottingham 13 Episodes
1976 The Bionic Woman The Man Episode: "Bionic Beauty"
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional Voices
1988 Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Snerdly (voice) Television film
1988 Superman Wildsharkk (voice) Episode: "Wildsharkk/To Play or Not to Play"
1983-1989 Webster Jerry Silver / The Devil 66 Episodes
1982-1989 The Smurfs Tracker Smurf (voice) 3 Episodes
1988-1989 Fantastic Max Additional Voices 3 Episodes
1989-1990 Paddington Bear Sir Sealy Bloom (voice) 2 Episodes
1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda Additional Voices Episode: "Pity the Poor Pirate"
1990 Midnight Patrol: Adventures in the Dream Zone Additional Voices 13 Episodes
1991 Yo Yogi! Baba Looey (voice) 9 Episodes
1992 Tom & Jerry Kids Additional Voices Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! Seagull Writer (voice) Television film
1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series Scarecrow / Dr. Jonathan Crane (voice) 5 Episodes
1994 Mighty Max Nemo (voice) Episode: "Around the World in Eighty Arms"
2003 She Spies Michael Osborne Episode: "Gone Bad"
2004 Combustion Dr.Watson Television film

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Veteran Actor Henry Polic II Dies at Age 68". Broadway Worldwide. August 12, 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Four Decades of Scrooge". St. Petersburg Times. December 12, 1997. p. 16. Retrieved 25 September 2017. (Subscription required (help)). Polic hosted Celebrity Double Talk and was a semi-regular on the $100,000 Pyramid
  3. ^ "Character Actor Henry Polic II Dies at 68". Variety. August 12, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2017.

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