Robert A. Vanselow, dead at 79

Thesp trod boards, appeared in film, TV and clubs

Robert A. Vanselow, a longtime actor-singer who essayed Broadway roles and appearing in features and TV shows, died March 30 in Los Angeles following a lengthy heart-related illness. He was 79.

Vanselow is perhaps best remembered for his role as Starky in the original Mary Martin version of “Peter Pan.”

Additional theater credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” with Mary Martin, “Jollyanna” with Mitzi Gaynor and “Red, White and Blue” with Peggy Lee, George Jessel and Leo Carillo.

Vanselow also appeared in numerous TV shows, such as “The Virginian,” “Thriller,” “Perry Mason” and “Death Valley Days.”

Feature film credits included “The Ten Commandments,” “The Male Animal” and “Pete Kelly’s Blues.”

Vanselow also performed at various supper clubs and hotels across the United States.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Vanselow attended Pillsbury Military Academy and served in the military during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Soonja,and a sister.

Family suggests donations in Vanselow’s name be made to the Humane Society or Living Free Sanctuary.

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