Chuck McCann draws his last breath


Chuck McCann draws his last breath, who entertained a generation of kids on his shows Just for Fun and The Chuck McCann Show, due to congestive heart failure.


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McCann was a high energy comedian and puppeteer throughout the 1960s. He was remembered for his Sunday morning children’s shows during which he read the Sunday newspaper comic strips, dressed as Dick Tracy, the Dragon Lady.

Chuck McCann was also known for his voice work and commercials. McCann, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens. He worked on other kiddie shows, including Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie, before beginning his own show in the early 1960s.

At around the same time, he was doing more sophisticated comedy, most notably on Vaughn Meader’s The First Family album, in 1962, which parodied the Kennedys.

His voice credits included roles on the animated series DuckTales, Fantastic Four, The Garfield Show and many others. TV audiences will also remember him as the zany bird. McCann played a mentally disabled mute in the drama “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”

Most of his film work was done in comedies, though, including The Projectionist (1971), Foul Play (1978) and Herbie Rides Again (1974), the sequel to The Love Bug.

McCann was active on Facebook and enjoyed interacting with fans, sharing memories of his 1960s television efforts.