Arthur Anderson, the Staten Island-born stage and screen actor most recognized as the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun, has died at the age of 93.
Though he acted on Broadway, played the ukulele on the CBS program Tony and Gus, and appeared on the radio program Let’s Pretend that ran from 1936 to 1954, his most notable role came in 1963, when he was in his forties. Ad an agency was looking for someone to voice Lucky the Leprechaun for General Mills, so Anderson put on a fake Irish brogue and got the part.
In commercials that ran from 1963 until 1992, Anderson’s leprechaun sang “Frosted Lucky Charms, they’re magically delicious!” and gently lamented that children were “always after me Lucky Charms.”
In 2005, Anderson told ABC News that while he never got free cereal from General Mills, “they gave me lots of green money. And it was a fun character to play. Hardly a day goes by when somebody doesn’t ask me to sing the Lucky Charms jingle, and I’m proud of that.”
Anderson revealed in the interview that he was not Irish, though “I had the luck of the Irish to get that part.”
Anderson was also the voice for Ducky Drake, the mascot for Drake’s Cakes, and had roles in Law & Order, Midnight Cowboy, and the Woody Allen film Zelig.