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Chiefs Pantalones
12-28-2005, 01:38 PM
NEW YORK - Michael Vale, the actor best known for portraying sleepy-eyed Fred the Baker in Dunkin' Donuts commercials, has died at age 83.

Vale died Saturday in New York City of complications from diabetes, son-in law Rick Reil said.

Ads featuring Fred, who uttered the trademark line "Time to make the doughnuts," ran for 15 years until Vale retired in 1997.

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts said in a statement that Vale's character "became a beloved American icon that permeated our culture and touched millions with his sense of humor and humble nature."

Vale was born in Brooklyn and studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop in New York City with classmates Tony Curtis, Ben Gazzara and Rod Steiger.

A veteran of the Broadway stage, film and television, Vale appeared in more than 1,300 TV commercials. His movie roles included a jewelry salesman in "Marathon Man." He also appeared in "Guerrilla Girl," a 1953 movie starring Helmut Dantine, and "A Hatful of Rain" (1957), starring Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint.

John_Wayne
12-28-2005, 01:42 PM
I never knew he had such a following. This is the 27th thread about this guy today.

ENDelt260
12-28-2005, 01:42 PM
A guy I work with told a story about waking his son up in the mornings and saying, "It's time to make the donuts." So, now his little boy wanders around the house in the mornings sleepily muttering "It's time to make the donuts" and has no idea why cause he's never seen the old commercials.

Chiefs Pantalones
12-28-2005, 01:44 PM
A guy I work with told a story about waking his son up in the mornings and saying, "It's time to make the donuts." So, now his little boy wanders around the house in the mornings sleepily muttering "It's time to make the donuts" and has no idea why cause he's never seen the old commercials.
ROFL

Chiefs Pantalones
12-28-2005, 01:45 PM
I never knew he had such a following. This is the 27th thread about this guy today.

Oops. Sorry. Mods please delete this, I didn't know there was already a thread...

Calcountry
12-28-2005, 01:47 PM
First Mr. Miyagi, from the Karate Kid, now this?!11 Will this year get over already.

chefsos
12-28-2005, 01:50 PM
Oops. Sorry. Mods please delete this, I didn't know there was already a thread...

Nah, let 'er roll. This guy had a Bacon Number of 2!

http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=866945