Sandy Kenyon

Sandy Kenyon (born Sanford Klein; August 5, 1922 – February 20, 2010) was an American actor of film and television. He appeared as a guest actor on numerous television series, including a recurring role on The Americans. He originated the vocal role of Jon Arbuckle in a Garfield television special.

Sandy Kenyon
Sandy Kenyon in I Spy 1967
Sanford Klein

(1922-08-05)August 5, 1922
New York City, US
DiedFebruary 20, 2010(2010-02-20) (aged 87)
Years active19492010

Early years

Kenyon was born in The Bronx, New York, and he was a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II.[1]


Kenyon co-starred as Des Smith in the syndicated television drama Crunch and Des (1956)[2] and portrayed Cashbox Potter in the syndicated adventure series Major Del Conway of the Flying Tigers (1953).[2]:643 Among the many television series in which he guest starred are the westerns: The Rifleman, Colt .45, Yancy Derringer, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Tall Man, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza.

In 1960, Kenyon was cast as a pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln in the episode "No Bridge on the River" of the NBC western series, Riverboat. In the story line, Grey Holden (Darren McGavin) sues the railroad when his vessel, the Enterprise, strikes a rail bridge atop the Mississippi River on a dark, stormy night; Lincoln is the attorney representing the railroad. Tyler McVey is cast as a judge and Denver Pyle as Jim Bledsoe.

In 1961, Kenyon was cast in the role of Ritter on The Americans, a 17-episode NBC series about how the American Civil War divided families.

In the 1963-1964 season, Kenyon was cast as Shep Baggott in a recurring role in five episodes of the ABC western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters[2]:1105.

Other series in which Kenyon appeared include: Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Fugitive, Room for One More, All in the Family, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (including the 2004 reunion special "159th Episode"), That Girl, The Partridge Family, Hogan's Heroes (1966, episode: "The 43rd, a Moving Story" as Major Hans Kuehn; and other episodes), Adam-12, Kung Fu, Peter Gunn, Quincy M.E., Knots Landing, Designing Women and The Twilight Zone.[citation needed] In 1971 Kenyon appeared as Constable Stokes in "The Men From Shiloh" (rebranded name for the TV western The Virginian in the episode titled "The Politician."

In the film MacArthur (1977), he portrays General Jonathan M. Wainwright, who survived spending most of World War II in a Japanese POW camp. His other films included Al Capone (1959), Easy Come, Easy Go (1967), Tom Sawyer (1973), Breezy (1973), When Time Ran Out (1980), The Loch Ness Horror (1981), Lifepod (1981), and Down on Us (1989).

He voiced Jon Arbuckle in the first Garfield animated television special, Here Comes Garfield.

Stage productions

Kenyon performed in the world premiere stage production of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Conversation at Midnight in Los Angeles, in 1961, in a cast that included James Coburn, Jack Albertson, Eduard Franz and John Marley. The play opened at the Coronet Theatre, but was so successful that after two months it moved to the larger 550-seat Civic Playhouse, running for 6 months altogether. Robert Gist directed the production by Worley Thorne in association with Susan Davis. Three years later, Gist and Thorne re-created the production, which again included Kenyon, in Broadway's Billy Rose Theatre, where—under-financed, unable to afford promotion, or wait for word-of-mouth to kick in, and lacking the charisma and virtuoso acting of James Coburn—it ran for just 8 previews and four performances,.[3][4] Kenyon also appeared in regional theatre in Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Kenyon died of kidney cancer at the age of 87 at his home in Los Angeles.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1959Al CaponeBones Corelli
1966Nevada SmithClerk in Bank
1967Easy Come, Easy GoSchwartz
1972Sweet KillNewscaster
1973Tom SawyerConstable Clemmens
1973BreezyReal Estate Agent
1975Rancho DeluxeSkinny FaceUncredited
1977MacArthurGeneral Wainwright
1980When Time Ran OutHenderson
1982The Loch Ness HorrorProfessor George Sanderson
1982Here Comes GarfieldJon ArbuckleVoice, TV movie
1984Down on UsAlex Stanley
1985The JetsonsAdditional voiceTV Series
1985The Romance of Betty BoopUncle Mischa BubblesTV Short
1984Blame It on the NightColonel
1990Bobby's WorldAdditional voiceTV Series
1994Garfield and FriendsAdditional voiceTV Series
1998The Scottish TaleArthur Golding
2008The Onion MovieAlzheimers Guys in Crowd
2009Little Fish, Strange PondElderly Man(final film role)

See also


  1. Lentz, Harris M., III (2016). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 9780786486496. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. "Conversation at Midnight" Internet Broadway Database
  4. "Sandy Kenyon" Internet Broadway Database
  5. "Sandy Kenyon Obituary - Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 25 November 2016