Sandy Kenyon

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Sandy Kenyon
Born
Sanford Klein

(1922-08-05)August 5, 1922
DiedFebruary 20, 2010(2010-02-20) (aged 87)
OccupationActor, voice-over artist
Years active1949–2004, 2010

Sandy Kenyon (born Sanford Klein, August 5, 1922 – February 20, 2010) was an American voice-over artist and character actor of film and television. He appeared as a guest actor on numerous television series, including a recurring role on The Americans. He originated the vocal role of Jon Arbuckle in a Garfield television special.

Early years[edit]

Kenyon was born in The Bronx, New York, and he was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II.[1]

Career[edit]

Kenyon co-starred as Des Smith in the syndicated television drama Crunch and Des (1956)[2] and portrayed Cashbox Potter in the syndicated adventure series Major Del Conway of the Flying Tigers (1953).[2]:643 Among the many television series in which he guest starred are the westerns: The Rifleman, Colt .45, Yancy Derringer, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Tall Man, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.

In 1960, Kenyon was cast as a pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln in the episode "No Bridge on the River" of the NBC western series, Riverboat. In the story line, Grey Holden (Darren McGavin) sues the railroad when his vessel, the Enterprise, strikes a rail bridge atop the Mississippi River on a dark, stormy night; Lincoln is the attorney representing the railroad. Tyler McVey is cast as a judge and Denver Pyle as Jim Bledsoe.

In 1961, Kenyon was cast in the role of Ritter on The Americans, a 17-episode NBC series about how the American Civil War divided families.

In the 1963-1964 season, Kenyon was cast as Shep Baggott in a recurring role in five episodes of the ABC western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters[2]:1105.

Other series in which Kenyon appeared include: Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Fugitive, Room for One More, All in the Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show (including the 2004 reunion special "159th Episode"), That Girl, The Partridge Family, Hogan's Heroes (1966, episode: "The 43rd, a Moving Story" as Major Hans Kuehn; and other episodes), Adam-12, Kung Fu, Peter Gunn, Quincy M.E., Knots Landing, Designing Women and The Twilight Zone.[citation needed] In 1971 Kenyon appeared as Constable Stokes in "The Men From Shiloh" (rebranded name for the TV western The Virginian in the episode titled "The Politician."

In the film MacArthur (1977), he portrays General Jonathan M. Wainwright, who survived spending most of World War II in a Japanese POW camp. His other films included Al Capone (1959), Easy Come, Easy Go (1967), Tom Sawyer (1973), Breezy (1973), When Time Ran Out (1980), The Loch Ness Horror (1981), Lifepod (1981), and Down on Us (1989).

He voiced Jon Arbuckle in the first Garfield animated television special, Here Comes Garfield.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Al Capone Bones Corelli
1966 Nevada Smith Clerk in Bank
1967 Easy Come, Easy Go Schwartz
1972 Sweet Kill Newscaster
1973 Tom Sawyer Constable Clemmens
1973 Breezy Real Estate Agent
1975 Rancho Deluxe Skinny Face Uncredited
1977 MacArthur General Wainwright
1980 When Time Ran Out Henderson
1981 Lifepod Dematte
1982 The Loch Ness Horror Professor George Sanderson
1984 Down on Us Alex Stanley
1984 Blame It on the Night Colonel
1998 The Scottish Tale Arthur Golding
2008 The Onion Movie Alzheimers Guys in Crowd
2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond Elderly Man (final film role)

Voice Roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Here Comes Garfield Jon Arbuckle TV movie
1985 The Jetsons TV Series
1985 The Romance of Betty Boop Uncle Mischa Bubbles TV Short
1990 Bobby's World TV Series
1994 Garfield and Friends Jon Arbuckle TV Series

Stage productions[edit]

Kenyon performed in a flop production of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conversation at Midnight on Broadway in 1954, which ran for 8 previews and four performances,[3][4] and also appeared in regional theatre in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Kenyon died of kidney cancer at the age of 87 at his home in Los Angeles.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M., III (2016). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 9780786486496. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ "Conversation at Midnight" Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ "Sandy Kenyon" Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ "Sandy Kenyon Obituary - Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Times". legacy.com. Retrieved 25 November 2016

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