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Actor Known For Nerdy Roles Dies At 91

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Actor Known For Nerdy Roles Dies At 91

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Actor Known For Nerdy Roles Dies At 91

Actor Known For Nerdy Roles Dies At 91

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Actor Arnold Stang has died. His nerdy looks and nasal voice often landed him goofy roles in comedic films. He was a part of the cast of the 1963 hit It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Actor Arnold Stang has died. He worked with Sinatra on one of Sinatra's biggest films, "The Man with the Golden Arm," in 1955.

(Soundbite of movie, "The Man with the Golden Arm")

Mr. ARNOLD STANG (Actor): (as Sparrow) Oh, let him give you no gas.

Mr. FRANK SINATRA (Singer, Actor): (as Frankie) I ain't gonna be around here long enough to let him bother me. I'm gonna get me a job in a big-name band.

Mr. STANG: (as Sparrow) Probably I ain't gonna see you around so much then, huh?

Mr. SINATRA: Maybe I can set something up for you.

WERTHEIMER: Arnold Stang started in radio, a sidekick to Henry Morgan, eventually to Milton Berle. He'd cultivated a goofy look, with big eyes and bigger glasses. That and his nasal voice landed him comedic roles in films.

He was a hardworking actor for many years in small and large roles. You heard him on the 1960s cartoon, "Top Cat."

(Soundbite of TV show, "Top Cat")

Mr. MAURICE GOSFIELD (Actor): (as Benny the Ball) Frozen fudgesicles? What are you, some kind of a nut or something?

Mr. STANG: (as Top Cat) Benny, I realize you never finished kindergarten, but certainly, you know that nobody sells frozen fudgesicles in the winter.

WERTHEIMER: Working well into his 80s, Arnold Stang had parts in movies with stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Cosby. He died in Newton, Massachusetts on Sunday. He was 91.

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