Hank Stohl was born July 1, 1927
Birth name: Henry S. Zakowski
He died December 15, 2008
Hank Stohl was best known for his children's shows weekdays on KDKA
and later WTAE-TV with puppets Rodney and Knish.
t made him such a big star that his weekends were spent doing
promotional appearances, while also hosting variety shows and
handling sports and weather. One of the shows on KDKA, called "Big
Adventure," started with cartoons hosted by Knish and Rodney,
followed by an adventure feature and interviews with live guests
like Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis and Chuck Connors.
He hit it off with Mr. Connors, so much that the "Rifleman" star
asked him to appear on his western in 1959. It stoked an interest in
acting that would drive him from the city a few years later. He
spent the following decades shuttling among Los Angeles, New York
Though he would appear in dozens of movies, TV series, soap operas
and plays, his steadiest work came from voice-over work on
commercials for Camel cigarettes, Pepsi, Taco Bell and others.
This is from an article in the
Post Gazette written by Ted McNulty