Actor Stang dies

Stang passed away on Sunday (20Dec09) in Newton, Massachusetts, after a battle with pneumonia.

He enjoyed a long career in radio, film and television, starring as Frank Sinatra’s sidekick in 1955 drama The Man With the Golden Arm, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action man’s first feature film, 1970’s Hercules in New York, and 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Stang also became known for voicing numerous cartoon characters, including Nurtle the Turtle in the 1965 film Pinocchio in Outer Space and 1960s animated U.S. TV series Top Cat, as the series’ main character, T.C.

He made the transition to Broadway too, appearing on the New York stage three times, most recently in the 1969 revival of The Front Page.

Other guest appearances include TV spots in Bonanza, Batman and The Cosby show, and as a regular on The Goldbergs, a long-running 1950s family series.

Stang is survived by his wife, JoAnne, son David, daughter Deborah, and two granddaughters.