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Encyclopedia > Dayton Allen

Dayton Allen (September 24, 1919-November 11, 2004) was a comedian and voice actor born Dayton Allen Bolke. His brother Bradley Bolke was also a voice actor. He was one of the "men in the street" on the Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen. His catch phrase was "Why not?" (pronounced "whooooyyy not!") September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years). ... 1919 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ... A voice actor (or voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animation (including animated feature films, television series, animated shorts), radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... The First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush and current host Jay Leno. ... Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 - October 30, 2000) was a musician, comedian and writer, who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ...


Dayton born and grew up in New York City. One of his school friends was Art Carney. Like Carney, Allen began his career in radio. In 1935 WINS hired him as a disc jockey. Allen was the voice of various New York-based children's television show characters, appearing on Winky Dink and You as "Mr. Bungle" for five years and playing "Flub-a-Dub" on Howdy Doody for four years. Dayton was also the voice of Deputy Dawg, Heckle and Jeckle, Fearless Fly and many early Terrytoons cartoon characters. He continued to be a voiceover performer through the 1990s. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the largest city, by population, in the United States. ... Art Carney (November 4, 1918 - November 9, 2003) was an American actor. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Childrens television shows are television programs designed for and marketed to children, normally aired during the morning and afternoon hours, mainly before and after school. ... Mr. ... Howdy Doody was a childrens television program that aired on NBC from 1947 through 1960. ... Deputy Dawg was originally a Terrytoons cartoon character featured on the animated television series of the same name from 1959 through 1972. ... Mighty Mouse, the signature character of the studio. ...


He was best known as the "Why Not?" man. The catch-phrase began as a stalling ad-lib to an interview question. After it caught on. Allen used it for television commercials and saw novelty toys, a book and a record spin off the "Why not?" phenomena. In its day, fans were shouting "Why not?" as often as Mad Magazine's famous "What? Me Worry?" MAD is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ...


External links

  • Voice Chasers profile (http://www.voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1015)

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Dayton Allen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (252 words)
Dayton Allen (September 24, 1919-November 11, 2004) was a comedian and voice actor.
Allen was the voice of various New York-based children's television show characters, appearing on Winky Dink and You as "Mr.
Dayton was also the voice of Deputy Dawg, Heckle and Jeckle, Luno, Fearless Fly and many early Terrytoons cartoon characters.
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