April 23, 1930
Alan Oppenheimer is as recognized for his many live-action television appearances as he is for the voices he has provided for countless cartoons. Oppenheimer began appearing on television in a 1964 episode of the legal series "The Defenders," and quickly picked up work throughout the rest of the decade. He had small roles on popular shows like "The Andy Griffith Show," the spy spoof "Get Smart," and the military comedy "Hogan's Heroes." Oppenheimer continued acting primarily on television in the 1970s, with appearances on such iconic sitcoms as "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Bewitched." He also picked up additional film roles, such as a part as a technology specialist in the sci-fi Western "Westworld." The decade was most important to Oppenheimer's career, however, due to the immense amount of cartoon voice acting work he began to take on. He lent his vocal chords to "The New Tom & Jerry Show" and "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle" during the 1970s and continued to work throughout the 1980s. Oppenheimer is well-remembered for his contributions to popular fantasy cartoons like "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." In the early 1990s, Oppenheimer had an Emmy-nominated turn as network bigwig Eugene Kinsella on "Murphy Brown."
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