EXPIRED: 07/15/10 – Kip King, 72, was an original member of the Groundling comedy troupe and the father of questionable talent, Chris Kattan, who somehow made it on Saturday Night Live.
In fact, it was Chris who ended up employing his father in some of his SNL spin-off movies late in King’s life.
King, born Jerome Kattan, in Chicago, Illinois, of Iraqi/Israeli parents was probably best known for providing the voice of Taylor Smurf in the 1980s television cartoon series The Smurfs. He was long associated with Hanna-Barbera, providing voices for many D-List cartoon characters including of Scooby and Scrappy-Doo, Tom & Jerry Kids, and Droopy, Master Detective.
He also acted in real non-cartoon form, appearing as supporting comic relief in TV and movies like Mister Roberts, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Barney Miller, Mister Ed, The Bill Cosby Show, Diff’rent Strokes, Dragnet (the original in 1954 and the lame remake in 1989), Burke’s Law, The Bronx Zoo, My Living Doll, The Beverly Hillbillies, Ben Casey, Mannix, America 2-Night, Reno 911, 12 O’Clock High, More Than Friends, Small Wonder, The Munsters Today, One Day at a Time, Breast Men, The Fall Guy, Burke’s Law, Cagney and Lacey, The Partridge Family and The Jeffersons.
Son Chris gave him a part in his awful movie Corky Romano and Bollywood Hero.
All in all, King appeared in over 400 movies and television shows.
Maybe you remember him as the former spokesman for V-8 Juice?