Everyone laughed to tears at Marvin in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) as a gas station attendant under siege by Jonathan Winters. You also smile when remembering Marvin on the tv series Alice (1977-1985) as Henry Beesmeyer, the telephone repairman.
His roles on Old Time Radio, and in dozens of films and tv series, indelibly set his distinctive, whining, deadpan Brooklyn accent with his image, but the mask hid his true talent. In-between Adam’s Rib (1949) and Lookin’ Up (2016), Marvin was a renowned voice actor, known to generations as the voice of Top Cat. He was a member of Theatre West, the oldest continually-operating theater company in Los Angeles, and he earned respect from his peers as a gifted playwright and screenwriter.
Marvin Kaplin. A prince of comedy, creativity, and kindness. This is his story.