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 Shepard B. Menken

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Shepard B. Menken

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
2 Jan 1999 (aged 77)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Simi Valley, Ventura County, California, USA
Memorial ID
31361356 View Source

Born New York City, New York,
Died Woodland Hills, California, USA age 77
Occupation Film, television, voice actor
Shepard Menken was an American voice actor and character actor.
Menken began his career at the age of 11, when he started appearing on children's radio programs. After high school, Menken attended Columbia University, and later studied performing arts at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater and the Juilliard School of Music.

Menken made his film debut in 1949 with a supporting role in The Red Menace, and eventually appeared onscreen in 17 movies. Menken also worked steadily as a television actor, appearing on such series as I Love Lucy, I Spy, and The Wild, Wild West. He was also in demand as a voice talent, working on animated cartoons for Hanna-Barbara, UPA, and Marvel Productions, as well as advertising spots for Star Kist, Tuna and Mattel Toys; his was the voice intoning, "The only way to fly!" in Western Airlines' spots in the 1960s. Menken also voiced the Clyde Crashcup character in The Alvin Show. He also voiced Chroma the Great and Tock the Watchdog in the 1970 live-action/animated film The Phantom Tollbooth, and provided the voice for the titular character in Rikki-Tikki-Ravi. In 1963, Menken formed his own company, Malibu Films, which specialized in educational and industrial films.
Menken died of natural causes on January 2, 1999.

Born New York City, New York,
Died Woodland Hills, California, USA age 77
Occupation Film, television, voice actor
Shepard Menken was an American voice actor and character actor.
Menken began his career at the age of 11, when he started appearing on children's radio programs. After high school, Menken attended Columbia University, and later studied performing arts at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater and the Juilliard School of Music.

Menken made his film debut in 1949 with a supporting role in The Red Menace, and eventually appeared onscreen in 17 movies. Menken also worked steadily as a television actor, appearing on such series as I Love Lucy, I Spy, and The Wild, Wild West. He was also in demand as a voice talent, working on animated cartoons for Hanna-Barbara, UPA, and Marvel Productions, as well as advertising spots for Star Kist, Tuna and Mattel Toys; his was the voice intoning, "The only way to fly!" in Western Airlines' spots in the 1960s. Menken also voiced the Clyde Crashcup character in The Alvin Show. He also voiced Chroma the Great and Tock the Watchdog in the 1970 live-action/animated film The Phantom Tollbooth, and provided the voice for the titular character in Rikki-Tikki-Ravi. In 1963, Menken formed his own company, Malibu Films, which specialized in educational and industrial films.
Menken died of natural causes on January 2, 1999.

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  • Created by: Jim Ditton
  • Added: 13 Nov 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 31361356
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31361356/shepard-b-menken: accessed ), memorial page for Shepard B. Menken (2 Nov 1921–2 Jan 1999), Find a Grave Memorial ID 31361356, citing Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Simi Valley, Ventura County, California, USA; Maintained by Jim Ditton (contributor 46569765) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.