Diamond Circle Award Winner
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Southcott presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to long-time PPB member Chuck McCann at the November 7, 2014 luncheon honoring Dick Cavett. Below are Mr. Southcott's remarks introducing Mr. McCann:
Chuck McCann was already a show business veteran by the age of 12, having done voices on radio, made records and developed a puppet act. By the age of 16, he was performing in night clubs and making guest appearances on television. At 19 he was a semi-regular on "The Steve Allen Show," and was guest hosting on "The Garry Moore Show."
It wasn't long before Chuck had his own show in New York : "The Chuck McCann Show," a favorite of children and adults for 14 years.
When Alan Arkin was searching for an actor to play a deaf mute in his film "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter," his 11-year-old son Adam Arkin recommended Chuck. Alan Arkin took the suggestion and Chuck delivered a performance worthy of a Golden Circle Award and Motion Picture Daily Award as best supporting actor.
Chuck McCann has co-starred in such films as "Silent Movie," "Play It As It Lays," Disney's "Herbie Rides Again," "Foul Play" and Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
Chuck has long been a favorite guest on talk and variety shows as well as guest starring on almost every series such as "Little House on the Prairie," "Different Strokes," "One Day at a Time" and "The Love Boat."
Here's another dimension of his talent….Chuck has written and recorded over a dozen comedy albums, from "The First Family" to "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Godfather But Don't Ask."
Chuck has had a long award-winning career in commercials and has won several Clio awards for best actor in those commercials, such as Dr. Pepper, where he played the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and also the Laurel and Hardy commercials for ANCO windshield wiper blades. Chuck created the Coco Bird and "Gramps" in the Coco Puffs radio spots and is still doing the commercials to this day.
He's also had a stunning career in animation including "Duck Tales the Movie" and he played "The Thing" in the animated version of "Fantastic Four" and "A Very Mickey Christmas" for Disney.
Chuck has toured with Tim Conway in a live show for three years across America and Canada. He continues to do it all and do it extremely well.
Ladies and gentleman…the latest member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle - Chuck McCann!
Chuck McCann shows his appreciation to presenter Chuck Southcott