“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Son of the Desert…

Posted on April 8, 2018 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`A third-generation entertainer, Chuck McCann was the beloved comedian and voice-over actor. He recorded the famous line:  I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. McCann, along with Soupy Sales, Bob Keeshan, and Paul Winchell, were comedy pioneers whose early programming were geared to children. He worked on various kid’s shows, including  Captain KangarooHe also was a cinematic enthusiast and made sure the film library of Laurel and Hardy were offered to generations of viewers.  CHUCK McCANN ->

“`The comedian started his career on local New York television, before eventually branching out into television and film parts. His father also worked for CBS radio. The director noticed young McCann, and offered him a voice-over job at the age of seven. Chuck worked on New York kid programs, including The Puppet Hotel, Let’s Have Fun and The Chuck McCann Show.

“`He appeared on a popular CBS variety program The Garry Moore Show, and began to transition to network television. After moving to Los Angeles, Chuck guest-starred on The Rockford Files, The Bob Newhart ShowKojakBonanza, St. ElsewhereColumbo, One Day At a TimeLittle House On the PrairieDiff’rent StrokesMad About YouStarsky and HutchBoston Legal and the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. McCann also appeared in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Herbie Rides Again, Foul Play; and a  few of Mel Brooks films, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

“`His persona was used in the hugely popular best-selling record, The First Family, created by Vaughn Meader, which lampooned President Kennedy’s administration. Chuck also lent his voice to animated shows like The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, DuckTalesThe Garfield Show, and  Animaniacs, among others.  The comedian was also well known for a number of ads that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. He was best remembered for his part in a series of Right Guard commercials.

“`His finest legacy may be as a founding member of the Sons of the Desert. According to its constitution:  The Sons of the Desert is an organization with scholarly overtones and heavily social undertones devoted to the loving study of the persons and cinema of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Chuck was also an avid supporter of the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the film preservation established by Hugh M. Hefner.

“`Chuck McCann was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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