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January 19, 2008

Actor Allan Melvin dies at 84

Popular television character actor Allan Melvin has died. He was 84 years old.

Melvin died of cancer Thursday at his home in Brentwood, according to his wife Amalia.

Best known for playing Cpl. Henshaw on the classic 1950s sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show," Melvin later portrayed Archie Bunker's neighbor and friend Barney on "All in the Family" and Sam "the Butcher" on "The Brady Bunch." During his five-decade career, Melvin also made guest appearances on numerous TV shows, including playing different roles on at least eight episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" and playing Dick Van Dyke's old Army buddy on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

He worked on numerous TV commercials as well, including playing Al the Plumber in the Liquid-Plumr commercials for 15 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Hanson; and a grandson.

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