Swift, Allen 1924–

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SWIFT, Allen 1924–


Original name, Ira Stadlen; born January 16, 1924, in New York, NY; son of Max (an attorney) and Sallie (maiden name, Jacobson) Stadlen; married Vivienne Chassler, June 22, 1943 (divorced, 1958); married Lenore Cohen (an actress), November 11, 1961; children: Lewis J. Stadlen (an actor, comic, singer). Education: Graduated from the High School of Music and Art, New York.

Career: Actor and writer. Also worked as a playwright, magician, hypnotist, nightclub performer, and psychic entertainer. Military service: U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II.

Member: International Brotherhood of Magicians.


Film Appearances:

Voice, Gaston's Baby, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Clint Clobber, Springtime (also known as Springtime for Clobber), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Clint Clobber, Camp Clobber, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Voice of Clint Clobber, Signed, Sealed, and Clobbered, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1958.

Voice of Clint Clobber, The Flamboyant Arms, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1959.

Voice, It's Greek to Me–Ow!, 1961.

Voice, Down and Outing, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1961.

Voice of General Eisenhower, The Longest Day, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1962.

Narrator, The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit (animated), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Voice, Tall in the Trap, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Voice, Sorry Safari, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Voice, High Steaks, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Voice, Dicky Moe, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1962.

Narrator, Le schiave esistono ancora (also known as Les esclaves existent toujours and Slave Trade in the World Today), Continental Distributing, 1964.

How to Avoid Friendship, 1964.

Voice, Alice of Wonderland in Paris (also known as Alice in a New Wonderland), Childhood Productions, Inc., 1966.

Voices of Felix Flankin, Yetch, Dracula, Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde, Mad Monster Party? (animated; also known as Mad Monsters Party?), AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1967.

Voice, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1976.

Maurice Venice, Seize the Day, HBO/Cannon Video, 1986.

Mr. Fishbein, A Price above Rubies, Miramax, 1998.

Sol, Safe Men, October Films, 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Robert Q. Lewis TV Show, c. 1950–1953.

Voices of Howdy Doody, Mr. Bluster, Dilly Dally, and Flub–a–dub, Howdy Doody Show (also known as Puppet Playhouse, The Buffalo Bob Show, and Howdy Doody), 1953–1956.

Captain Allen Swift (host), Popeye, WPIX–TV (New York City), 1956–1960.

Voices of Odie Colognie, Itchy Brother, and Tooter Turtle, King Leonardo and His Short Subjects (also known as King Leonardo and The King and Odie), NBC, 1960.

Voices of Baron Barracuda and Trigger, Diver Dan, 1961.

Voice of Tooter the Turtle, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, 1963.

Various voices, The New Casper Cartoon Show (animated), ABC, 1963.

Voices of Simon Bar–Sinister, Riff–Raff, Google the Zok Man, Odie, Itchy Brother, and others, Underdog (animated), 1964.

Voice, Tom and Jerry (animated), 1965.

Voices of Tubby and Scotty, The Beagles, 1966.

The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (also known as The New Saturday Superstar Movie), ABC, 1972.

Narrator, Barpappa, syndicated, 1990.

Also appeared as puppeteer, The Adventures of Blinky.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Musty, The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes, 1972.

Voice, Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters (also known as The Freaky Monster Show), ABC, 1972.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Manny/R&J, On Seventh Avenue, NBC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voice, 'Twas the Night before Christmas, CBS, 1974.

Voice of Melchoir, The Little Drummer Boy Book, Book II, NBC, 1976.

Voice, The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town, ABC, 1977.

Santa Claus, A Family Circus Christmas, 1979.

Voice, Pinocchio's Christmas, ABC, 1980.

Additional narrator, James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times (documentary), PBS, 2000.

Voiceover, Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker (documentary), Metro Network, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Monty, "Back Home," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.

Sam Finster, "Grand Central Station," Kate and Allie, CBS, 1986.

Hartman, "The St. Louis Book of Blues," Crime Story, NBC, 1986.

(Uncredited) Hartman, "Crime Pays," Crime Story, NBC, 1986.

Abe Pomerance, "Humiliation," Law & Order, NBC, 1995.

Jacob Rosen, "Faccia a Faccia," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Also appeared in The Tonight Show, NBC; Mike Douglas Show; Bob Hope; Eddie Cantor; as voice, Courage the Cowardly Dog (animated), Cartoon Network.

Stage Appearances:

Television commentator, How to Make a Man, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Papa Glockenspiel, The Student Gypsy or the Prince of Liederkrantz, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Ponce Packard, A Month of Sundays, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1968.

Morris Applebaum, Checking Out, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Catlan, My Old Friends, 22 Steps Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Ed Mosher, The Iceman Cometh, Lunt–Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1985–1986.

Nunzio Cristano, Over the River and through the Woods, John Houseman Theatre, New York City, 1998–2000.

Also appeared as the drunk, The Bar Room Monks, and president of the university, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, both Martinique Theatre, New York City; Max Silverman, The Goodbye People, PAF Playhouse, Huntington, Long Island, New York City; Ed Mosher, The Iceman Cometh, American National Theatre, Washington, DC; in The Price; The Sunshine Boys; You Can't Take It With You; Glengarry Glen Ross; Meshugah; The Matchmaker; Three Sisters; Light UP the Sky.



Popeye's Favorite Sea Shanties, RCA Camden Children's Records, 1960.

Also recorded another album as Captain Allen.


Television Series:

Howdy Doody Show (also known as Puppet Playhouse, The Buffalo Bob Show, and Howdy Doody), 1953–1956.