Actor and Burbank resident Marvin Kaplan

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Marvin Kaplan, a 50-year actor-member and former board member of Theatre West, died August 25th at a hospital near his longtime home in Burbank. He was 89.

Although nationally known for his work in television (Alice, Top Cat, Meet Millie), he had been a man of the theatre throughout his career.

He was performing in a farce by Moliere at the Circle Theatre in Hollywood when he was discovered by actress Katharine Hepburn and subsequently cast in Adam’s Rib.

His stage work in later years included roles in The Price, Morning’s at Seven, Thicker Than Water and Faces of Love at Theatre West and Troubled Waters at Ventura Court Theatre.

A longtime union activist, he was an advocate for senior writers and actors. He was also president of AFTRA Los Angeles Local for eight years.

He is survived by a sister, Eleanor Pecker of New York City, and by a small extended family.

A memorial for Kaplan will be held at the Colony Theatre located at 555 W. 3rd St. in Burbank on Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm.

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