NEW YORK — Arthur Anderson, who was the voice of the leprechaun for Lucky Charms cereal, died Saturday in Manhattan, the New York Times reported. He was 93.
Craig Wichman, a friend of Anderson, confirmed the death to the Times.
The Staten Island born actor is best known for being the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun from 1963 to 1992. He sang the well-known charm, “Frosty Lucky Charms, they’re magically delicious,” while children chased him for his cereal.
Anderson told ABC News in 2005 that he takes great pride is being Lucky Charms cartoon mascot.
“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 told ABC News.
Though he voiced a leprechaun, he was not Irish. He was the son of immigrants from Denmark and England.
He began his professional career when he was 12 on the show “Tony and Gus” in 1935. Anderson also appeared in Woody Allen’s “Zelig” in 1983 and John Schlesinger’s :Midnight Cowboy.”
But it was his role promoting the toasted oats and colorful marshmallow bits that was the pot of gold in his career.
“I never got free cereal, but they gave me lots of green money,” he said in an interview with ABC News.