DEAD: Wally Cox

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Wally Cox (aged 48)

American actor (Underdog)

Wallace Maynard Cox (December 6, 1924 – February 15, 1973) was an American actor and comedian, particularly associated with the early years of television in the United States. He appeared in the U.S. television series Mister Peepers from 1952 to 1955, plus several other popular shows, and as a character actor in over 20 films. Cox was the voice of the animated canine superhero Underdog of the TV show of the same name. Although often cast as meek, he was actually quite athletic, as well as a military veteran. He married three times.

DEATH: Cox was 48 years old when he died of a heart attack on February 15, 1973, in his Hollywood, California, home. According to an autopsy, Cox died of a coronary occlusion. Initial reports indicated that he wished to have no funeral and that his ashes would be scattered at sea. A later report indicated his ashes were put in with those of Brando and another close friend Sam Gilman and scattered in Death Valley and Tahiti.

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