Sunday, July 19, 2009


Today, Sunday the 19th, would have been Dallas McKennon's 90th birthday; unfortunately, he passed away just a few days ago.

From this picture, you might recognize him most of all as Cincinnatus, the tavern owner in the sixties series 'Daniel Boone'. Kids growing up in Los Angeles back in the elder days probably knew him as kids' show host Captain Jet.

But even with the best backwoods look since Arthur Hunnicut, Dal McKennon still might be a puzzle to many of my readers.

Until you learn that he was a prolific voice actor... and that his was the voice you heard playing these two roles: He also played Buzz Buzzard in the Woody Woodpecker cartoons, and both 'Courageous Cat' and his sidekick Minute Mouse. He did a lot of work for both Walter Lantz (Inspector Willoughby) and for Walt Disney over the years. (At EPCOT, McKennon provided the voice of Ben Franklin and can be heard in the old mine ride. He was also the Fox in "Mary Poppins".) But he also contributed live-action characters to Earth Prime-Time on series ranging from 'The Andy Griffith Show', 'Bonanza', and 'Cannon' (ABC!), to 'My Favorite Martian', 'The Virginian', and 'Wagon Train'.

Looking over his credits, a Joni Mitchell line came to mind: "You don't know what you've got till it's gone"......

Good night, and may God bless.

"Daniel Boone" .... Cincinnatus (1964-1969)

The Andersonville Trial (1970) .... First guard

Daniel Boone: Frontier Trail Rider (1966) .... Cincinnatus

"Cannon" .... Bucky Fosdick
- Fool's Gold (1971)

"Dundee and the Culhane"

- The Thy Brother's Keeper Brief (1971)

"The Andy Griffith Show".... Brian Jackson
- The Statue (1967)

"Bonanza" .... Jenkins
- The Oath (1966)

"The Big Valley" .... Abner Wirth
- Palms of Glory (1965)

"Wagon Train"
- The Zebedee Titus Story (1964)

.... The Horsetrader
- The Kitty Pryer Story (1963) .... Alex
- The Eli Bancroft Story (1963) .... Frank Collins
- The Lisa Raincloud Story (1962) .... Jethro
- The Caroline Casteel Story (1962) .... Mr. Benson

"My Favorite Martian" .... Mailman
- The Awful Truth (1963)

"The Greatest Show on Earth"
- The Circus Never Came to Town (1963)

"The Rifleman"
- Which Way'd They Go? (1963) .... Judge Moze

- The Bullet (1963) .... Judge Hopkins

"The Virginian"
- The Small Parade (1963) .... Art Meadows

- The Big Deal (1962) .... Lumberyard Owner

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" .... Jim Tolliver
- Think Mink (1963)

- Gun Duel (1962)

- Justice in a Hurry (1962)

"Ben Casey" .... Waco Martin
- Between Summer and Winter, the Glorious Season (1962)

- The Ditch (1962) .... Farmer
- Call Me Dodie (1962) .... Jake
- Chesterland (1961) .... Homesteader

"87th Precinct"
- New Man in the Precinct (1962) .... Dr. Blaney
- Line of Duty (1961) .... Autopsy Surgeon

"The Untouchables" .... Mr. Phelps
- The Gang War (1962)

"The Tall Man" .... Bartender
- The Judas Palm (1961)

"U.S. Marshal" .... Farmer who knows Lou
- Kill or Be Killed (1960)

"The DuPont Show with June Allyson" .... Store Keeper
- No Place to Hide (1959)

"Lawman" .... Randy
- The Prodigal (1959)

- The Big Lover (1953)


"Gumby Adventures" (1988)

"The Gumby Show" (1957)

"Archie's Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show" (1978)

"Sabrina, Super Witch" (1977)

"The New Archie/Sabrina Hour" (1977)

"The US of Archie" (1974)

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1971)

"Archie's TV Funnies" (1971)

"Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies" (1970)

"Archie's Fun House" (1970)

"The Archie Comedy Hour" (1969)

Archie and His New Friends (1969)

"The Archie Show" (1968)

"Space Academy" .... Johnny Sunseed

Aesop's Fables (1971)

"The Hardy Boys" (1969) .... Joe Hardy / Chubby Morton

"Sinbad Jr." (1965) .... Sinbad Jr./Salty

"The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo"
- Mr. Magoo's Robin Hood: Parts 1-4 (1964) "Q.T. Hush" (1960) .... Q.T. Hush

"Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse" (1960) .... Courageous Cat/Minute Mouse

"Bucky and Pepito" (1959) .... Bucky/Pepito

"The Woody Woodpecker Show" (1957) Buzz Buzzard


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