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October 3, 2008

Mr. Clean is dead


Well, kinda sorta.

House Peters Jr. (above in 1948) — who shaved his head and wore a hoop earring and harem pants in his role as Mr. Clean in Procter & Gamble's late 50s/early 60s ads, long before the look became mainstream — died this past Wednesday in Los Angeles at 92.

His New York Times obituary follows.

    House Peters Jr., 92, the Actor Who Gave Heft to Mr. Clean, Dies

    House Peters Jr., an actor who appeared with bald head and hoop earring as the original Mr. Clean in Procter & Gamble’s commercials for household cleaners, died here on Wednesday. He was 92.

    The cause was pneumonia, said his son, Jon Peters.

    The elder Peters played many supporting roles in his career, usually as a heavy or villain. But he is best remembered as Mr. Clean, a muscular man with a no-nonsense attitude toward dirt and grime. From the late 1950s and into the early 1960s, he helped advertise the household cleaner.

    Mr. Peters’s prime acting career ran from mid-1930s to the late 1960s. He worked with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on their television shows and appeared in “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Lassie.” He also wrote an autobiography, “Another Side of Hollywood,” in which he describes growing up the son of an actress and silent film actor in Beverly Hills, Calif. His father, Robert House Peters Sr., has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Robert House Peters Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1916, in New Rochelle, N.Y. He studied drama in high school and became inspired to pursue acting as a profession.

    Besides his son Jon, his survivors include his wife, Lucy Pickett; a daughter; another son; and four grandchildren.



a 1958 Mr. Clean commercial, featuring the cartoon figure whom Mr. Peters would soon incarnate.

That jingle is an earworm which, once heard, may lodge itself deep in your brain and remain on endless repeat for the rest of the day.

Fair warning.

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Well at least it knocked out the previous earworm that I'd been dealing with for the past week:


As earworms go, it was pretty good, though.
I could dance to it and I liked the beat.

Posted by: Flautist | Oct 3, 2008 5:35:42 PM

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