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Birthdate :February 18, 1923
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Allan Melvin Timeline
1922Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 18, 1922, his family moved to New York City when he was a young boy. His father was a film salesman for Fox Film Assn.
1950Was in the original Broadway cast of "Stalag 17" in the early 1950s when he came to the attention of Phil Silvers for his classic Army-based TV show.
1955He appeared in dozens of TV shows but he's best known for four recurring roles: as Cpl. Henshaw in "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955), as Sgt. Charlie Hacker on "Gomer Pyle: USMC" (1964), as Alice's boyfriend Sam on "The Brady Bunch" (1969) and as Archie Bunker's best friend Barney Hefner on "All in the Family" (1968).
1968Appeared in only one movie in his five-decade career -- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) starring Doris Day -- in which he had a minor part as a desk sergeant.
1970His daughter Mya died in 1970.
1970Played Al the Plumber in the 1970s Liquid-Plumr commercials, a gig that lasted 15 years.
1990Retired from acting in the late 1990s.