Home Television Sid Melton, Famous as Danny Thomas’s Pal, Dies At 94

Comic actor Sid Melton, who played Danny Thomas’s fictional pal, club owner and manager Charley Halper on “Make Room for Daddy,” has died at age 94. It was Charley was constantly, and humorously, schlepping for Danny through his several TV shows from 1959 to 1971. He was just great, and terribly underrated. Melton had a ton of other credits including Green Acres, The Golden Girls,  Peter Gunn, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Munsters, Love American Style, Hunter, Empty Nest and Dave’s World.

Here’s a clip from Green Acres. Sid comes in at around 8:10. If anyone has a clip from the Danny Thomas shows, let me know.


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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