November 20, 2007, - 3:14 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Sorry, Joe Isuzu is still with us and doing ads for sleazy personal injury plaintiffs law firms.
But the guy you liked deep down, Mr. Whipple a/k/a actor Dick Wilson is gone. He joins other TV ad icons like Clara Peller, the “Where’s the Beef?” lady, in a better place.
Before his acting career, he served in the Canadian Air Force during World War II. After becoming Mr. Whipple, the L.A. Times says:
Wilson was so well-known as Mr. Whipple that he ranked as the third-most-recognized American in a 1978 poll, behind former President Richard Nixon and evangelist Billy Graham, Indiana’s Fort Wayne News Sentinel reported in 2001.
His era is a bygone one. Those were the days when people became famous as TV pitchmen, who were hawking items and pushing American commerce. That’s far more laudable than today’s icons of hotel heiresses in sex videos.
Wilson was 91. Rest in Peace, Mr. Whipple. And don’t worry. We’re not squeezing the Charmin.
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