, known professionally as Allen Swift
(b. January 16
) is a voice actor
, known for playing characters like Simon Bar Sinister
on the Underdog
cartoon show. He also provided the voices of many of the characters in [The Bluffers]]
. He was also a children's television
show host on WPIX
in New York City
as "Captain Allen". He took his professional name from radio
comedian Fred Allen
and satirist Jonathan Swift
Swift was an early television star, as he'd hosted The Popeye Show from September 10,1956 to September 23,1960 before getting his own program.
Swift did the majority of the voices in Rankin/Bass's Mad Monster Party? but his name was misspelled as Alan Swift in the movie's credits.
His first important TV work was in supplying most of the character voices for the NBC Howdy Doody Show, and when Buffalo Bob Smith, who himself did the voice of the lead puppet character Howdy Doody and had many times proclaimed that "nobody else could do Howdy," suffered a heart attack, Swift took home some recordings over the weekend, came back on Monday and did Howdy's voice for more than a year. No listeners ever knew the difference.
Swift is the father of character actor, mimic and singer Lewis J. Stadlen. He is currently living in Manhattan.