Know the Face, Can’t Place the Name: Allan Melvin

Allan Melvin seen as the jeep driver in this Camels commercial with other cast members of the Phil Silvers Show. His first television work was in the Phil Silvers Show on September 12, 1955 as Corporal Steve Henshaw. His last appearance was on June 17,1959. He was seen in a total of 48 episodes.

He then started to appear in cartoons as the voice of many characters including Flintstones, Banana Splits,  Adventures of Gummi Bears, Yo Yogi and too many other cartoon shows to mention them all.

Melvin was seen in eight episodes of the Dick Van Dyke show appearing as several different characters from 1961-1966.

Allan Melvin playing a storeowner in one of eight Andy Griffith episodes he appeared in  and is shown threatening Deputy Barney Fife telling Barney he will beat him up if he ever catches him out of uniform in this November 9, 1964 episode.

Allan Melvin shown in this scene from Gomer Pyle USMC teaching Gomer about cooking. Melvin appeared in 16 episodes of the show from 1965-1969.

Allan Melvin shown in a scene from the Brady Bunch and can be seen at the 5:45 mark of the video. He also appeared in eight episodes of this show from 1969-1974,

This All in the Family video features Melvin as Barney Hefner. He appeared in 25 episodes sporadically from 1971 till 1979. He would appear in 59 episodes of Archie Bunker’s Place still portraying Barney Hefner.  After leaving the show he would only be heard as a voice in several cartoon shows till 1991.

Allen Melvin was born February 18, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri and died on January 17,2008 at the age of 84 in Los Angeles, California and was survived by his widow Amalia Faustina Sestero his wife of 64 years.

Melvin was a typical character actor in that most television viewers remember his face but few knew what his name was in real life.

I remember him best playing a prison escapee on Andy Griffith and the episode in which he had Barney so scared he wouldn’t take his uniform off after Melvin’s character threatened to beat him up if ever caught out of uniform.

He also played Sgt. Carter’s rival on Gomer Pyle USMC.






Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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