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Anderson, Eddie (“Rochester”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

(1906-1977)

    Actor best remembered for his supporting role of Rochester, Jack Benny’s valet on The Jack Benny Show, which started out on radio in the 1930s and ran clear into the 1950s on television.

    Anderson had a distinctive, raspy voice which can be heard in The Mouse That Jack Built (McKimson, 1959), for which the principal actors from the television series provided the voices for their animated counterparts. Anderson is also caricatured as “Winchester” in Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940), driving the infamous Maxwell in Meet John Doughboy (Clampett, 1941), making a phone call to Benny in The Mouse-Merized Cat (McKimson, 1946), and as one of the 1,000 voices performed by the turtle in Curtain Razor (Freleng, 1949).

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