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redsmetz
11-19-2007, 05:24 PM
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Dick Wilson, the character actor and pitchman who for 21 years played an uptight grocer begging customers "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died Monday. He was 91.

Dick Wilson played Mr. Whipple in more than 500 commercials for Charmin toilet paper.

The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."

Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.

The first commercial aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985 the tag line and Wilson, a former Canadian airman and vaudeville veteran, were pop culture touchstones.

He also played a drunk on several episodes of "Bewitched," and appeared as various characters on "Hogan's Heroes," "The Bob Newhart Show," and Walt Disney productions

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/11/19/obit.wilson.ap/index.html

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westofyou
11-19-2007, 05:28 PM
He also played a drunk on several episodes of "Bewitched

Many an actor can claim that, that was a serious highball series.

deltachi8
11-19-2007, 06:53 PM
Many an actor can claim that, that was a serious highball series.

True. I thought Tate and Tate was more a liquor distributor than ad agency

RANDY IN INDY
11-20-2007, 06:58 AM
Many an actor can claim that, that was a serious highball series.

Now that you mention it, that was some serious "highballing."

cumberlandreds
11-20-2007, 01:29 PM
Now that you mention it, that was some serious "highballing."


I hadn't thought about that but there was considerable drinking on that show.
Mr. Whipple can have all the Charmin he wants to squeeze now.
RIP Mr. Whipple

GAC
11-20-2007, 08:24 PM
Many an actor can claim that, that was a serious highball series.

As soon as Darin came in the door Samantha had a martini waiting on him.

Of course when your mother-in-law has turned you into everything from a household appliance to every member of the animal kingdom, one could develop a drinking problem. ;)

RedFanAlways1966
11-20-2007, 09:30 PM
As soon as Darin came in the door Samantha had a martini waiting on him. Of course when your mother-in-law has turned you into everything from a household appliance to every member of the animal kingdom, one could develop a drinking problem. ;)

The booze also seemed to change his appearance...

http://retrotv.uol.com.br/feiticeira/Feiticeira45.jpg http://www.tvsquad.com/images/2005/11/samjp22.jpg

Chip R
11-21-2007, 11:43 AM
Many an actor can claim that, that was a serious highball series.

True enough. Yet Wilson was usually the drunk at the bar Darrin, et. al. would frequent.

westofyou
11-21-2007, 11:53 AM
True enough. Yet Wilson was usually the drunk at the bar Darrin, et. al. would frequent.

I bet he occasionally came across some "magic" that perplexed him and made him question his leisure activities too.

Johnny Footstool
11-21-2007, 12:02 PM
I bet he occasionally came across some "magic" that perplexed him and made him question his leisure activities too.

Yep.

Drunks were funny in the Sixties.

westofyou
11-21-2007, 12:06 PM
Yep.

Drunks were funny in the Sixties.

Except for the loud ones who could play my parents piano.

BuckWoody
11-21-2007, 12:22 PM
Yep.

Drunks were funny in the Sixties.
They sure were.....
http://gravybread.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/foster-brooks.jpg


R.I.P Mr. Whipple....