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Comedian/Voice Actor Dayton Allen Dies

Comedian and voice actor Dayton Allen died on Nov. 11, 2004 at age 85. Animation fans will remember him most as the voices of Heckle and Jeckle. Born Dayton Allen Bolke, he was a native of New York and he got into show business, following the path of his boyhood friend, Art Carney. Both broke into radio in their teens as disc jockeys and specialists in funny voices. Dayton used his skills on early children's TV shows, dubbing in voices for puppets and often appearing on camera. He did both for years on the HOWDY DOODY program, originating the voice of Flub-a-Dub and many other denizens of Doodyville as well as playing a vast array of non-puppet characters.

Steve Allen hired Dayton for his stock company of comic players on the STEVE ALLEN SHOW. He often participated in Steverinos "Man on the Street" routines, where he coined his catch-phrase, "Whyyyyy not?"

Dayton Allen was also a top New York voice actor. He was heard in many of the Terrytoons animated shows, voicing both Heckle and Jeckle, and almost all the characters on the DEPUTY DAWG series. He was also heard on many of the cartoons produced by Hal Seeger, such as MILTON THE MONSTER and STUFFY DURMA.

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