Hello Dolly star Mullikin dies

Mullikin, best known for his role as Cornelius Hackle in hit stage musical Hello Dolly, passed away on Saturday (03Apr10) in Santa Cruz, California.

He played the character in over 2,000 performances, including tours across the U.S. and Australia with such stars as Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller and Dorothy Lamour.

Mullikin made his stage debut in the touring company of South Pacific, and his Broadway debut in the musical revue New Faces of 1952.

He was featured in the 1954 film adaptation of the same name, and also starred in 1962 movie Hell Is for Heroes, alongside Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, James Coburn and Bob Newhart.

Mullikin is survived by a son and a daughter.