03:48 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 08/07/2013 11:25AM
Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show Captain Kangaroo, has died. He was 86.
Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday.
Originally posted 05/13/2013 12:50PM
He loomed large to generations of young TV watchers – but turns out he was really only a size 40.
Artifacts from the Captain Kangaroo show, a CBS morning fixture from 1955 to 1984, are going on the auction block May 21, the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced Monday.
The Captain's trademark navy blue jacket jacket with brass buttons, oversized pockets and gray piping is included in a list of more than 500 items to be sold to the highest bidder. Later, once color TV became popular, the Captain donned a red jacket – also for sale.
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