The actor behind the Irish brogue of the Lucky Charms leprechaun, who also worked with Orson Welles during his long career, has died. Time magazine reports that Arthur Anderson died Saturday at age 93.
“Anderson had a multifarious career that spanned the better part of the 20th century,” the story reports. “In 1937, he appeared alongside Orson Welles in Welles’ production of ‘Julius Caesar.’ In that Shakespearean drama, which was reset in Mussolini’s Italy, Anderson was Lucius and Welles was Brutus; it was the basis for the 2009 film ‘Me and Orson Welles,’ with Zac Efron playing a character based on Anderson.”
Anderson, who was not Irish — he was born in New York’s Staten Island — became the heavily accented voice of the Lucky Charms mascot Lucky the Leprechaun in 1963, and held down the job for the next 29 years.
The actor reportedly said during a 2005 interview: “I had the luck of the Irish to get that part. I never got free cereal, but they gave me lots of green money. And it was a fun character to play. Hardly a day goes by when somebody doesn’t ask me to sing the Lucky Charms jingle, and I’m proud of that.”
Anderson also appeared occasionally on film and in TV series, including a number of appearances on “Law & Order” and small roles in the movies “Midnight Cowboy” and “Zelig.”
Here’s a sample of Anderson playing his signature role in a mini-adventure for Lucky Charms from 1987 …