Prime time audiences knew Allan Melvin from his roles on You'll Never Get Rich (aka The Phil Silvers Show, aka Sgt. Bilko), All in the Family, & The Brady Bunch. Cartoon devotees, though, are familiar with him as the voice behind Magilla Gorilla. Melvin would later take over the role of Bluto when Hanna-Barbera acquired a license to produce The All-New Popeye Hour in 1978.
In this excerpt from the series' DVD, Allan explains how he landed the gig back in 1964, with a little help from Joe Barbera.
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