Arnold Stang

Arnold Stang

  • Highest Rated: 86% The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Ghost Dad (1990)
  • Birthday: Sep 28, 1925
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actor Arnold Stang was a professional almost all his life -- but unlike other "professional kids," he actively sought a career and wasn't strong-armed into it by ambitious parents. Winning an audition at age nine on radio's Horn and Hardart's Children's Hour, Stang launched a two-decade stint as one of radio's most stalwart supporting players. He appeared as a regular on Let's Pretend, and later was generously featured on Gertrude Berg's serialized family drama The Goldbergs. As his skills increased, Stang discovered he could get laughs, and worked steadily with such comedians as Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, and especially Milton Berle, with whom Stang continued his association on television. On the satirical Henry Morgan Show, Stang was a regular member of the comedy stock company, most often as a nerdy teenager named Gerard. Stang started doing cartoon voiceovers in the '40s, beginning with Popeye the Sailor's pal Shorty, then moving into a lengthy hitch as "Hoiman" the mouse in Paramount's Herman and Katnip series; he also performed in 24 episodes of Hanna-Barbera's 1961 cartoon series Top Cat, playing the title role in a "Phil Silvers" manner until the sponsors demanded less of Silvers and more of Stang. In films since 1942's My Sister Eileen, Stang had his best movie role in Man with the Golden Arm (1955) where he played Frank Sinatra's skuzzy but loyal pal Sparrow - a characterization eerily reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman's Ratso Rizzo in the much-later film Midnight Cowboy (1969). During the '50s, Stang was the TV spokesman for Chunky candy, fondly remembered by today's baby boomers for his enthusiastic "Chunky...what a chunk o' chocolate!" Still active in the '90s, the owlish, bespectacled Arnold Stang delighted his long-time fans with an amusing character role in the John Hughes film Dennis the Menace (1993). Stang died at age 91 in December 2009.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

27% Dennis the Menace Photographer 1993
7% Ghost Dad Mr. Cohen 1990
No Score Yet Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats Top Cat 1987
No Score Yet No Man's Valley Actor 1981
No Score Yet Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure Queasy 1977
17% Hercules in New York Pretzie 1975
No Score Yet Hello Down There Jonah 1969
42% Skidoo Harry 1968
40% Pinocchio in Outer Space Nurtle the Turtle 1965
No Score Yet Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar Jubal A. Bristol 1965
71% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Ray 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin 1962
86% The Man With the Golden Arm Sparrow 1955
No Score Yet So This Is New York Western Union Clerk 1948
20% They Got Me Covered Drug store boy 1943
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave Bitsy 1942
80% My Sister Eileen Jimmy 1942

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Man in Waiting Room
  • 1989
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Jake
  • 1961

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