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A 3rd generation performer, Chuck McCann has conquered every medium of the entertainment industry – starring in film, television, recordings, stage, and as a man of close to 1,000 voices in the world of animation and commercials (or so it seems). And he is still active in these mediums today.

 

Those fortunate enough to live in New York in the 1960’s  were able to watch Chuck’s amazing children’s programs and sketch comedy shows. The Puppet Hotel, Let's Have Fun, The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus, Chuck McCann’s Laurel & Hardy Show, and The Chuck McCann Show, (to name a few) graced the B&W sets in the Tri-State area.

 

During that time commercials and animated shows also beckoned for his talent and Chuck became most of the villains to meet their match in Bob Kane’s Cool McCool series (a parody of James Bond films now on DVD). He was “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” when he created the character of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird and Gramps for General Mills and, of course, seen as the “Hi Guy” neighbor in the famous series of Right Guard antiperspirant commercials. Chuck's commercials have won 5 Cleo Awards, and he even beat out Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial - as the Hunchback of Notre Dame in a Dr. Pepper Commercial.

 

In 1968, Chuck did his first feature film, playing a deaf mute in, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter starring Alan Arkin. Following that, Chuck starred in The Projectionist, a film he co-produced in New York, about a tender movie theater projectionist who escapes his lonely life through his imaginary adventures as a super hero.

 

When the commute back and forth from LA to New York became a little much, Chuck moved to LA and was a guest star on basically everything on television at the time, from The Bob Newhart Show to Bonanza! But Chuck’s most noticeable role at the time was for those watching Saturday morning sit-coms, as Barney in Far Out Space Nuts, with Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island).

 

Chuck’s television credits continued, and still do. From Knots Landing to Sabrina The Teenage Witch, to playing a judge on Boston Legal for ABC in this season's finale episode. Chuck can also be heard in all kinds of animated shows on the air now (Fantastic Four, Power Puff Girls, Ducktales, etc). He was also a part of the 2005 acclaimed documentary The Aristocrats, produced by Penn Gillette and Paul Provenza. The film has many a noted comic tell the same joke…which we can’t tell you here, but you can rent the movie. Rated R.

 

Whether it be film, television, or as a voice artist, Chuck McCann is a class act still in demand, who knows how to entertain all ages – and that is hard to come by these days.

 

 

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