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Allen Swift

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Allen Swift
BornIra Stadlen
January 16, 1924
New York City, New York
DiedApril 18, 2010 (age 86)
New York City, New York
Known forVoice actor

Allen Swift was an American voice actor and amateur magician,[1] known for playing characters including Simon Bar Siniste on the Underdog cartoon show.


Called, "The Man of a Thousand Voices", provided the voices of many of the characters in The Bluffers , most of the voices for the 1960s underwater puppet show Diver Dan , and the voices in Gene Deitch 's 1960–1962 group of Tom and Jerry cartoons. Swift was a children's television show host on WPIX] in New York City as "Captain Allen". He took his professional name from radio comedian Fred Allen and 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift .

Swift was an early television star who hosted The Popeye Show from September 10, 1956 to September 23, 1960 before getting his own program.

He supplied most of the character voices for the NBC Howdy Doody Show, and when Buffalo Bob Smith, who himself did the voice of the lead puppet character Howdy Doody and had many times proclaimed that "nobody else could do Howdy" suffered a heart attack, Swift took home some recordings over the weekend, came back on Monday and did Howdy's voice for more than a year.

As a magician he contributed to tricks to books and magazines and performed at the S.A.M. Annual Salute To Magic on April 15, 1978.[2] He was a member of the New York "13" club, IBM Ring 26 (New York City) and SAM Parent Assembly No. 1 (New York City).


  • "THE MAGIC SAFARI" (one of the first tricks on cassette) in which all voices done by Swift (1972)
  • Swift Poker Deal in Million Dollar Card Secrets by Frank Garcia (1972)
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTER "mentalism routine" (1978)


  1. Obituary New York Times , April 28, 2010; page B18.
  2. Genii June, 1978
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