The hollywood actor known to TV viewers around the world as the voice of Top Cat has died at the age of 91.
New Yorker Arnold Stang forged the cartoon character's distinctive tones in the very first Top Cat in September 1961.
He went on to record 30 classic episodes featuring T.C. and his gang of streetwise chums, including Bennie The Ball, Choo-Choo and Brain.
Pals said the star, who died of pneumonia at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts, was every bit as sharp in real life as the character he played on screen.
Known for his distinctive nasal voice and nerdy looks, he once described himself as "a frightened chipmunk who's been out in the rain too long". As for his squawky voice, he quipped: "I'm kind of attached to it... it's a personal logo."
Stang also voiced dozens of other cartoons and TV commercials and had a distinguished movie career, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in 1955 film The Man with the Golden Arm.
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