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Maurice Lionel Gosfield

Actor. He is best remembered for his role of Army Private Duane Doberman on the television series, "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955-1959). He was also the voice of Benny the Ball on the Hanna-Barbera television cartoon series "Top Cat." Born in New York City, much of his early life is unknown. It was not until the age of 43 that Gosfield entered acting, and his first credited role was on "Toast of the Town" in 1956, in which he played himself, although he plays an uncredited role in the 1950 film, "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town." He was signed for the 1955 television show, "You'll Never Get Rich" (changed the next year to "The Phil Silvers Show" after its lead actor) to play the naïve but trusting Private Duane Doberman, a role which required him to utter such classic lines as "But Sarge, it's gotta be true; I read it in a comic book!" Because of the popularity of the show, Sergeant Bilko got his own comic book, published in 18 issues, and because of his popular and likable supporting role, Gosfield became one of the few actors to get his own comic book, based on the Private Doberman character, published by DC comics in 11 issues, from 1957 to 1960. Gosfield returned as Private Doberman in the television show, "Keep in Step" (1959), but then tries a new role in the made for television movie, "The Teenage Millionaire" (1961), in which he was considered acceptable, but not noticeable. Studio executives then took the successful formula of a smart, ever scheming character with loveable dumb sidekicks to the cartoon effort, "Top Cat," again using Gosfield to reprise his role of a dumb, slow thinking, loveable sidekick as Benny the Ball, to a wily and opportunistic Top Cat that was always outsmarting policeman Officer Dibble, but was never quite able to gain what he wants (money, luxury, good food, or escape from living on the streets). His last role was in the movie "The Thrill of It All" (1963), playing an unnamed truck driver. He died at Saranac Lake, New York, of a sudden heart attack at the age of 51.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Lionel Gosfield (28 Jan 1913–19 Oct 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6482946, citing Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .