Sunday, July 15, 2012

You Know the Voice: Allen Swift (1954-5)

Our subject today, Allen Swift, is better known for his work in radio & cartoons. In the latter, his credits included Underdog (as Simon Bar Sinister, among others), and some Gene Deitch-era Tom & Jerry shorts.

However, here's a rare case of Allen in front of the camera. After Buffalo Bob Smith suffered a heart attack, someone had to fill in as the voice of Howdy Doody, and Swift capably filled in. Here, in a rare case, Howdy introduces a professor, also played by Swift. Cowabunga!

The video was deleted by YouTube due to copyright issues.


magicdog said...

I remember seeing Allen Swift's name in a few toons, but never knew his on cam work.

What I found particulary interesting is that his son John is a working character actor! He may be best known to some viewers as "Taylor", the prissy political assistant during the first season of "Benson".

hobbyfan said...

John Swift, aka Lewis J. Stadlen, eh? I wonder what became of him.

Funny thing. Stadlen left, and his character written out, and he was replaced by Rene Alberjonis for the rest of the series run. Rene, of course, has done his share of voice acting over the years, and after she was done with Fonz & the Happy Days Gang, Didi Conn joined the show before doing Shining Time Station. Talk about serendipity. I wonder if Lewis followed in his dad's footsteps in cartoons......

magicdog said...

If IMDB is any indication, he's still busy both on stage and TV.

Most recent credits have him on the new TV series, "Smash".

He's also been in the stage revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

I can't seem to find any voice work however.

hobbyfan said...

Hmmmm. I'll have to look into that.