One of the giants of television advertising for decades — especially in the Los Angeles market — has died. TMZ.com reports that car salesman Cal Worthington — famous for his "Go see Cal" and "Here’s Cal Worthington and his dog Spot" commercials — died at 92.
"Worthington — who had dealerships in Long Beach, CA, Anchorage, Alaska, Phoenix, Houston, Sacramento and other cities — died Sunday at his ranch in California. According to his family, Worthington passed away while watching Sunday football," the story reports. "The family didn’t say what caused his death."
Worthington became a celebrity on the strength of his commercials, which dominated local airwaves for many years. The spots often featured Worthington with various animals — tigers, elephants, monkeys, bears, you name it — identifying them all as "his dog Spot."
Here’s a sample: