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All That I Am
11-19-2007, 11:36 AM
`Mr. Whipple' TV Actor Dick Wilson Dies
By JEFF WILSON 1 hour ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dick Wilson, the actor and pitchman who played the uptight grocer begging customers "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died Monday. He was 91.

The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."

Over 21 years, Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling the soft toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.

Wilson also played a drunk on several episodes of "Bewitched," as appeared as various characters on "Hogan's Heroes," "The Bob Newhart Show," and Walt Disney productions.

The first of his Charmin commercials aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985, the tag line and Wilson were pop culture touchstones.

"Everybody says, 'Where did they find you?' I say I was never lost. I've been an actor for 55 years," Wilson told the San Francisco Examiner in 1985.

Though Wilson said he initially resisted commercial work, he learned to appreciate its nuance.

"It's the hardest thing to do in the entire acting realm. You've got 24 seconds to introduce yourself, introduce the product, say something nice about it and get off gracefully."

Dennis Legault, Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand manager, said in a statement that Wilson deserves much of the credit for the product's success in the marketplace. He called the Mr. Whipple character "one of the most recognizable faces in the history of American advertising."

After Wilson retired, he continued to do occasional guest appearances for the brand and act on television. He declared himself not impressed with modern cinema.

"The kind of pictures they're making today, I'll stick with toilet paper," he told The Associated Press in 1985.

Procter & Gamble eventually replaced the Whipple ads with cartoon bears, but brought Wilson (as Whipple) back for an encore in 1999. The ad showed Wilson "coming out of retirement" against the advice of his golfing and poker buddies for one more chance to sell Charmin.

"He is part of the culture," his daughter said. "He was still funny to the very end. That's his legacy."

He was born in England in 1916, the son of a vaudeville entertainer and a singer. He moved to Canada as a child, serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II, and became a U.S. citizen in 1954, he told the AP.

In addition to Melanie, Wilson is survived by his wife, Meg; a son, Stuart; and another daughter, Wendy.

algunz
11-19-2007, 11:39 AM
Wow, he was old back in the 70s. I'd have figured he'd have been long gone.

RIP

TomAz
11-19-2007, 11:43 AM
I'm amazed any of you people know about this guy.

full on idle
11-19-2007, 12:41 PM
Yeah he was a Trivial Pursuit answer in like the original 80s version.

TomAz
11-19-2007, 12:42 PM
I'm amazed any of you people know about the 80s.

J~$$$
11-19-2007, 12:44 PM
Tell us about the roaring 20's Tom, please!?

algunz
11-19-2007, 12:45 PM
Where's Broken? She and Tom can give us a lesson in old.

marooko
11-19-2007, 02:13 PM
I'm amazed any of you people know about the 80s.

the 80's were mad cool.

I just recently got some records of old radio news broadcasts and recording and shit. in one part of the record the narrorator is talking about the kids those days and said they would probably call it "square" or "cornbread'. made me laugh.


Tell us about the roaring 20's Tom, please!?

funny.

canexplain
11-19-2007, 02:15 PM
Where's Broken? She and Tom can give us a lesson in old.

so what does that make me :) canx** does young thinking and doing count lallallla

Yablonowitz
11-19-2007, 02:34 PM
I'm amazed any of you people know about this guy.

Jesus, now you want to be older than you already are. I was well acquainted with the deranged Mr. Whipple watching The Price is Right when I was home sick with the flu. This went on for years. Mr. Whipple. Not the flu. The flu went on and off over the years.

Does anyone remember chicken pox?

suprefan
11-19-2007, 02:46 PM
I had this guy as a patient a few years ago, one of my co workers recognized him and then I was like ''yeah you are right''. Wow, i didnt expect him to make it when I had seen him.

miscorrections
11-19-2007, 02:46 PM
I was just thinking about getting a chicken pox vaccine.

fatbastard
11-19-2007, 02:50 PM
http://2005stang.com/images/mr_whipple.jpg

BROKENDOLL
11-19-2007, 08:02 PM
Where's Broken? She and Tom can give us a lesson in old.
It took me awhile to hobble acrossed this post, but if you insist... BTW, Tom, are you also guilty of squeezing it?

BROKENDOLL
11-19-2007, 08:05 PM
so what does that make me :) canx** does young thinking and doing count lallallla
You know, I actually thought about you first canexplain, but wasn't sure they'ld believe people used corncobs once. :lool

BROKENDOLL
11-19-2007, 08:07 PM
My advice for you youngsters out there...Save some of your livin', lovin', and laughin' for when you get older, you may very well find yourself needing that when you get on a music message board like the boards of Coachella one day~

TomAz
11-20-2007, 05:34 AM
Jesus, now you want to be older than you already are. I was well acquainted with the deranged Mr. Whipple watching The Price is Right when I was home sick with the flu. This went on for years. Mr. Whipple. Not the flu. The flu went on and off over the years.

Does anyone remember chicken pox?

I got chicken pox when I was 21. not fun.

Yablonowitz
11-20-2007, 06:48 AM
I got chicken pox when I was 21. not fun.

Oh, dude. That's supposed to be hell on earth to get it that late. Do you have any pictures?

TomAz
11-20-2007, 07:22 AM
Oh, dude. That's supposed to be hell on earth to get it that late. Do you have any pictures?


sort of. you can still kinda see them in my wedding pictures. i came down with it 3 weeks before.

miscorrections
11-20-2007, 07:24 AM
My dad got it when he was like forty three-ish and he turned into this swollen oozy red monster.

algunz
11-20-2007, 07:39 AM
so what does that make me :) canx** does young thinking and doing count lallallla

I didn't even think of you, Ron. I guess you come across as not being such a curmudgeon.

algunz
11-20-2007, 07:40 AM
A friend of mine got chicken pox in high school. He had them everywhere including inside his throat and on his penis. Poor thing was absolutely miserable.