Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies

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2005/12/27 22:09:49 (permalink)

Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies

Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies
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Michael Vale, also known through his acting role as ...
NEW YORK - Michael Vale, the actor best known for his portrayal of a sleepy-eyed Dunkin' Donuts baker who said "Time to make the doughnuts," has died. He was 83.

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

Vale's long-running character, "Fred the Baker," for the doughnut maker's ad campaign lasted 15 years until he 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
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    mr chips
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    RE: Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies 2005/12/27 22:41:44 (permalink)
    Sorry to hear about this. I liked the commercials.
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    RE: Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies 2005/12/27 23:46:35 (permalink)
    He MADE the donuts...



    Also upsetting was the news of this man's passing yesterday:



    He was a pretty young guy, too.
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    RE: Dunkin' Donuts Ad Actor Michael Vale Dies 2005/12/29 03:57:13 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by stevekoe

    He MADE the donuts...



    Also upsetting was the news of this man's passing yesterday:



    He was a pretty young guy, too.
    Mr Vincent Schiavelli, the character actor, on the bottom whose face, though not his name, is probably familiar to roadfooders, wrote 3 cookbooks and was the grandson of an Italian chef. I also read in his obituary that he had been directing plays in Sicily in the three years brfore his death. Here in Oregon, we remember him for his role in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", the brilliant movie about the Oregon state mental hospital. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Shiavelli during filming though I thought he was one of the hospital inmates that had roles in the movie until I was set straight.
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