Voice Actor Allen Swift Dies At 87
April 28, 2010 at 4:24 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of legendary Golden Age radio actor and TV cartoon and commercial voice ALLEN SWIFT, who died APRIL 18th at 87 after a long illness in NEW YORK.
SWIFT, born IRA STADLEN, appeared in several radio serials and his own WNYC-A/NEW YORK show "THE STORY TRAVELER" in the years after WORLD WAR II before moving into television, first as a comedian and magician on variety shows and then as DAYTON ALLEN's replacement as the voice of most of the puppets on NBC's "HOWDY DOODY." SWIFT went on to host WPIX (TV)/NEW YORK's "THE POPEYE SHOW" and provide cartoon voices for several TOTAL TELEVISION series, including "UNDERDOG" (as SIMON BAR SINISTER and RIFF RAFF), "TENNESSEE TUXEDO AND HIS TALES," "KING LEONARDO," and others. He also provided the voices for the RANKIN-BASS movie "MAD MONSTER PARTY," provided dubbing and looping voicework for movies, and did tens of thousands of radio and TV commercials.