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Kip King (born Jerome Charles Kattan; August 11, 1937 – July 15, 2010) was an American film, television and voice actor. He was the father of American television sketch comedian Chris Kattan.

Life and career

King was born Jerome Charles Kattan[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of an Iraqi Jewish father and a Polish Jewish mother.

King was probably best known for voicing Tailor Smurf in the 1980s television cartoon series The Smurfs. Long associated with Hanna-Barbera, King provided the voice of Shecky in The Biskitts (1983). He was also in the voice casts of The Little Rascals, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (both 1982), Tom & Jerry Kids (1990), Droopy, Master Detective and the Flintstones TV special I Yabba-Dabba Do! (both 1993).[3][4]

He also made many guest appearances in films and on television shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, Corky Romano, Bachelor Father, The Munsters Today, One Day at a Time,Dragnet (both 1954 and 1989 versions), Burke's Law, The Bronx Zoo, Mister Roberts, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Barney Miller, Mister Ed, The Bill Cosby Show, My Living Doll, The Beverly Hillbillies, Ben Casey, Mannix, The Rifleman, America 2-Night, Reno 911!, 12 O'Clock High, More Than Friends, Small Wonder, Breast Men, The Fall Guy, Burke's Law, Cagney and Lacey, The Partridge Family and The Jeffersons. He also wrote the teleplay for an episode of The Betty Hutton Show.

King was an original member of The Groundlings comedy troupe.[3][5]

King died on July 15, 2010, after a long illness.[3]


Animated roles

Live-action roles

Film roles


  1. ^ Rhodes, Joe (August 2, 2009). "Chris Kattan, Reincarnated in Mumbai". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Library of Congress. Copyright Office (1968). Catalog of Copyright Entries. U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Dore, Shalini (July 18, 2010). "Comedian Kip King dies". Variety. Reed Elsevier. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Comedian Kip King, 72, was voice of Tailor Smurf". July 18, 2010
  5. ^ "History; the 70's". The Groundlings. Archived from the original (Adobe SWF (Flash)) on July 31, 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 

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