Actor and Voice Over Artist Arthur Anderson Has Died

Actor, Broadway performer, radio artist, and commercial star Arthur Anderson died April 9 in his Manhattan home at the age of 93.

Between 1963 and 1992 not a day went by that television viewers did not hear Anderson’s voice.

“I never got free cereal. But they gave me lots of green money. And it was a fun character to play. Hardly a day goes by when somebody doesn’t ask me to sing the Lucky Charms jingle, and I’m proud of that,” Anderson once said.

General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas spoke on Anderson and his work for the company saying, “Lucky Charms is saddened by the loss of Arthur Anderson, the original voice of Lucky the Leprechaun. For more than 50 years, generations of Americans have known that Lucky Charms are “Magically Delicious!” and we have Arthur’s voice to thank for that.”

Anderson portrayed the lovable leprechaun in the Lucky Charms commercials but he was not Irish; Anderson was born of Danish and English immigrants.

Anderson earned his first acting job at the age of 12 on the radio show “Tony and Gus”. Other radio performances were “Treasure Island”, “Uncle Nick Kenny’s Radio Kindergarten”, “Let’s Pretend”, and “A Christmas Carol”.

On Broadway, Anderson appeared in “Julius Caesar”, “The Shoemaker’s Holiday”, “Good Neighbor”, “Carmen”, “Aida”, “Il Trovator”, and “1776”.

Anderson noted that while he was never a star, he always had work. In film and television, he appeared in over 30 productions including four episodes of “Car 54, Where Are You?” – though he was only credited in one of them, “Route 66”, “Dark Shadows”, “Midnight Cowboy”, a security guard in the TV movie “A Very Star Wars Christmas”, “Zelig”, three episodes of “Law & Order”, 18 episodes of “Courage the Cowardly Dog”, and an innkeeper in “The Oranges”.

Along with his radio, film, and television work; Anderson was the voice of Drake’s Cakes mascot Ducky Drake, performed at the Metropolitan Opera, was a substitute puppeteer on “The Rootie Kazotie Club”, and was a regular participant in Friends of Old Time Radio conventions.

He was born Arthur John Miles Anderson on August 29, 1922 in Staten Island.

Predeceased by his wife Alice, he is survived by his daughter Amy.

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