February 18, 1923 - January 17, 2008
"Arr. That's Liquid-Plummer, matey. Just pour it in and it
Sam the Butcher is dead. Allan Melvin will
probably best be known for the Sam Franklin role on The Brady Bunch,
but he was easily one of the most recognizable character actors in television. Phil Silvers, All in the Family, Gomer Pyle USMC, he did them all.
He was also huge in the voice over world, doing
shows like Scooby Doo, Pufnstuf, The Flintstones,
and he was the voice of Drooper in the Banana Splits. I was
a huge fan of the Splits, even sent them a fan letter, and got
See, there is a
reason I save things for 40 years.
Voice over wise, he was probably most remembered
as the voice of Magilla Gorilla.
Allan was married to Amalia for 64 years.
According to the IMDB, they had two daughters, Mya and Jennifer. Mya
passed away in 1970.
My sister Jo Ann Marshall provides this segment:
1990 I graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy, and was assigned to
South Los Angeles
area. A few weeks into my stint this incident occurred:
training officer and I were driving back to the office after our shift. We
stopped for an occupied, disabled vehicle in the center median. We climbed over
the median and the other officer approached the driver. The officer came back to
me and said he thought the driver looked familiar. The officer then called for a
tow truck. I went up to the driver, and said that he looked familiar but I
didn't know from where. He said his name was Allan Melvin and then recited a
list of credits, ending with Sam the butcher, on The Brady Bunch. "That's it!" I exclaimed, "Would it be possible to get your
autograph for my little brother, Scott Michaels?" Melvin said, "How about if
I send you a photo for him?" I gave him the
office address on a crash card.
later I received 3 personalized, autographed photos for Scott, my Field Training
Officer (Tracey, I think-nice guy) and myself. I cherish this photo that reads
"Many thanks, Jo Ann - Allan Melvin." This
is my favorite
story in my career with them.
Melvin's passing, I saw an episode of The Andy Griffith Show where
he played a major part. What fun it was to see that episode now, and relive my
away from cancer on Thursday, January 17, 2008 in his Brentwood
He was 84 years old.
Jo Ann adds, "My thoughts of sympathy go to the Melvin
family." Ours too, thanks Jo.