Sid Raymond, an actor who landed roles alongside A-list stars and was the voice of beloved cartoon characters but went largely nameless himself, died Dec. 1 in Aventura, Fla. From complications of a stroke the week before. He was 97.
His agent called him the day he died about an audition for a cholesterol drug commercial, his daughter Cynthia Raymond said.
“Obviously he was kind of typecast as an older guy,” she said. “But he would go to any commercial, anything.”
The voice of the obese cartoon duck Baby Huey, the comical bartender of 1960s beer commercials for Schlitz and a familiar face on television from “The Ed Sullivan Show” to “The O.C.,” Raymond was a show business fixture for six decades. Decades of brief, sometimes-uncredited appearances on Broadway, in movies such as “The Hustler” and “Big Trouble” and on the small screen made him a familiar face.
Throughout the 1950s, Raymond appeared in televised dramas such as “Kraft Theater” and episodes of “The Honeymooners.”
Raymond also lent his voice to Katnip, the cartoon cat that appeared in the “Herman and Katnip” series of animated film shorts in the 1940s and 1950s, and to mischievous cartoon magpies Heckle and Jeckle.
Documentary filmmaker Howard Weinberg profiled Raymond in a 27-minute film short in 2002 titled “Sid at 90.”
“An inspiration for anyone who has ever clung to a passion, Sid Raymond concedes that, as an actor, he was never a star,” Weinberg writes on the documentary’s Web site. “But in the context of an enduring spirit, fame seems somehow beside the point.”
Raymond is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy, his daughter Cynthia and another daughter Margo Cohen, along with two sisters and a granddaughter.