Character Actor Dead at 91 — Known for His Work in a Beloved Holiday Special

January 8, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Known for his work in a holiday special that has been a television staple for decades, and for appearances in a number of classic movies, actor Larry D. Mann has died, CBS News reports.

Mann, who voiced the crusty prospector Yukon Cornelius in the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” was 91. He died of age-related causes on Monday in Los Angeles, his son said.

Mann, who was born in Toronto, had a number of roles in films, including small parts in “The Sting” and “In the Heat of the Night,” while his TV appearances included “Gunsmoke” and “Bewitched.” His last role before retiring was on the TV show “Homefront” in 1991, his son said.

One of Mann’s most enduring roles was in a long-running series of TV commercials for Bell Canada. Mann played the title role of "The Boss" in the ads, which aired for 10 years starting in 1981. In the example below, Mann is on the left, on the stationary bike.

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