Discovered by Katharine Hepburn in 1949, Marvin Kaplan has enjoyed a unique 64-year-old-career as character actor and comedian in films, theatre, television, radio, commercials and animation.
Some of the highlights of his career include the early live-television series Meet Millie with Elena Verdugo, the cartoon voice of Choo-Choo on Hanna-Barbera’s Top Cat, the classic gas station sequence in Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963), his eight seasons as the phone man Henry on the CBS sitcom Alice and his portrayal of the furniture dealer in 2010’s production of The Price at Theatre West.
He is proud to be a thirty-year member of California Artists Radio Theatre (C.A.R.T.) and to be part of a company that had such greats as Jeanette Nolan, Norman Lloyd, Parley Baer, Kathleen Freeman, Roddy McDowall, Les Tremayne and the founder herself, Peggy Webber. Also through C.A.R.T., he met and worked for his role model, creator Norman Corwin. Marvin did Corwin’s Mary and the Fairy, My Client Curley, and The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. Other favorite radio portrayals include the summons server in The Front Page, Dr. Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, the Cowardly Lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the self-sacrificing Sparrow in The Little Prince.
At 83, Marvin executive-produced and wrote a low-budget independent film, Watch Out for Slick (2010). The average age of the cast was 70+, and the film was selected in nine festivals.
He discovered writing lyrics in his seventies. He is grateful to C.A.R.T. and his exceptional cast for the 2011 premiere of the radio version of his first musical, A Good House for a Killing. He dedicated the performance to his longtime writing collaborator, Roy Stuart, and his composer and mentor, Richard Loring.
He recently completed another screenplay, a black comedy called Lookin’ Up with Steven Carter and is writing the book and lyrics of a new musical about Bluebeard.