Marvin Kaplan, character actor known for 'Top Cat', dead

Los Angeles: Character actor Marvin Kaplan, who was known for the sitcom “Alice” and his voice-over work as Choo-Choo on the animated series “Top Cat", is dead. He was 89.

Kaplan died of natural causes in his home in Burbank, California, according to a statement released by Theatre West, reports

“It is with a sad and heavy heart to inform you our very own Marvin Kaplan passed away today (Wednesday) at 5 a.m. in his sleep. We loved Marvin. He will truly be missed,” the statement read.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan made his film debut in 1949's “Adam's Rib” starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. He also featured in a variety of films, TV shows and animated series throughout his six decade long career. 

Apart from “Top Cat,” Kaplan was well-known for his recurring role on TV series “Alice” as Henry Beesmeyer. He also appeared in small roles in films such as “It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “The Great Race” and “A New Kind of Love.”

In addition to acting, Kaplan served as Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Los Angeles, local president for eight years and Performers' Governor on the Television Academy. 

He was also a member of the California Artists Radio Theatre, Motion Picture Academy and the Academy of New Musical Theatre.

A memorial service has been planned at Theatre West here. Date and time is yet to be announced.