Veteran character actor and voiceover artist Allan Melvin appeared in dozens of TV shows during his 40 year career. His roles ranged from the cartoon voice of Magilla the Gorilla to a variety of "heavies" in various episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. He is probably best known in his TV roles as Cpl. Steve Henshaw in The Phil Silvers Show, Sgt. Charley Hacker in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.K/i>, Sam the butcher and Alice's love interest on The Brady Bunch and Archie Bunker's best friend, Barney Hefner, on All in the Family.
Melvin also made numerous appearances in national TV commercials including the recurring role of Al the Plumber in Liquid-Plumr commercials for 15 years.
Allan Melvin was married to his wife, Amalia for 54 years when he passed away in 2008.
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