Larry D. Mann (18 December 1922 – 6 January 2014) was a Canadian actor. He was best known as "The Boss" in a series of Bell Canada television commercials in the 1980s and for voicing the character of Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Life and career
Larry D. Mann was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 18 December 1922. Prior to beginning his acting career, he was a disc jockey on 1050 CHUM radio in Toronto in 1949.
Mann voiced the character of Yukon Cornelius in the classic Rankin-Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He also provided voices for characters in several other Rankin-Bass television series and specials.
Mann's film career spanned four decades. He first came to the attention of CBC audiences in 1953 when he kidded around with the puppet Uncle Chichimus on the show Let's See. According to a CBC Archives article, Mann got the job when his friend, actor Don Harron, pointed him out to producer Norman Jewison. Apart from his CBC work, he appeared in more than 20 movies, with roles in In the Heat of the Night, Bullitt and The Sting.
On television, Mann's many credits included Get Smart, Gunsmoke, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes, Honey West, The Green Hornet, Green Acres, Columbo, Quincy, M.E. and Hill Street Blues. He also starred in a Bell Canada series of television commercials called "The Boss" in which he played the title role for ten years beginning in 1981.
His last role was on Homefront in 1991.
His brother was actor Paul Mann, who appeared in the films America America and Fiddler on the Roof. Larry Mann died of natural causes on 6 January 2014 in Los Angeles. He was 91.
- 1954: Ad and Lib
- 1954-1959: Howdy Doody
- 1957-1958: Last of the Mohicans
- 1956-1957: The Barris Beat
- 1958-1959: The Adventures of Chich
- 1958-1959: Here's Duffy
- 1961: Tales of the Wizard of Oz, voice of Rusty the Tin Man and The Wicked Witch of the West
- 1961: The New Adventures of Pinocchio as Foxy Q. Fibble (voice)
- 1965-1969: Bewitched in several guest appearances
- 1965: The Big Valley guest appearance as Jake Kyles in "The Murdered Party"
- 1966: My Favourite Martian, guest appearance as Butterball (Season 3, Episode 22)
- 1966: Get Smart, guest appearance as Victor Slade
- 1966: Shane, guest appearance as Harve Hanes
- 1966: Hogan's Heroes, guest appearance as Dr. Vanetti
- 1966: The Iron Horse, guest appearance as Kellam in "A Dozen Ways to Kill a Man"
- 1966-1967: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in several guest roles
- 1967: Hogan's Heroes, guest appearance as SS General Brenner
- 1967-1968: Accidental Family as Marty Warren in 11 episodes
- 1967: The Green Hornet as Dr. Eric Mabouse in "Invasion from Outer Space: Parts 1 & 2"
- 1967: Dragnet 1967 as Pete Benson
- 1967: I Spy: guest appearance as Arbuckle in "Night Train to Madrid"
- 1967-1973: Gunsmoke in several guest roles
- 1968: The Guns of Will Sonnett guest appearance as Mort Lucas in "Guilt"
- 1968: Mannix guest appearance as Orlando Quinn in "To Kill a Writer"
- 1968: It Takes a Thief guest appearance as Dedier in "The Lay of the Land"
- 1969: It Takes a Thief guest appearance as Achille Morales in "The Baranoff Timetable"
- 1969: Hogan's Heroes, guest appearance as Igor Illyich Zagoskin
- 1970-1971: Green Acres in several guest roles
- 1970: Sabrina and the Groovy Ghoulies
- 1971: Bonanza guest appearance as Alex Steiner in "An Earthquake Called Callahan"
- 1972: Mod Squad guest appearance as Harry Burns in "Can You Hear Me Out There?"
- 1971-1974: Dr. Simon Locke'Police Surgeon
- 1976: The Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show (voice)
- 1976-1985: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in several guest roles
- 1978: Quincy, M.E. as Dr. Jones in "Ashes to Ashes"
- 1978: How the West Was Won guest appearances as Mr. Pennington
- 1978: Fangface (voice)
- 1979: The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (voice)
- 1981: Dukes of Hazzard as Boss J.W. Hickman
- 1981-1987: Hill Street Blues, as Judge Lee Oberman
- 1983: The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show (voice)
- 1985: MacGyver guest appearance as Capt. Ion Cuzo in "Humanity"
- 1989: The Pink Panther and Friends (voice)
- 1990: MacGyver guest appearance as Daniel Sims in "The Heist"
Television films and specials