Arthur Anderson, the radio, stage, and screen actor best known as the original voice of Lucky Charms cereal’s Lucky the Leprechaun, died Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
A friend of the actor confirmed his death to The New York Times.
From 1963 to 1992, Anderson voiced the cereal’s signature cartoon leprechaun, popularizing the catchphrase, “They’re magically delicious.” Though the character spoke with an Irish lilt, the actor — born on Staten Island to immigrants from Denmark and England — had no Irish heritage.
“His range was incredible,” said Sean Dougherty, an organizer of the annual Friends of Old Time Radio convention, which Anderson regularly attended. “He made himself famous playing a leprechaun, though he wasn’t in any way Irish.”
At age 12, Anderson landed a role in the radio show Tony and Gus in 1935. The actor went on to appear opposite Orson Welles on both radio and Broadway. His screen appearances include television series like Car 54, Where Are You?, and Law & Order and movies like Midnight Cowboy and Zelig.
In 2005, Anderson told ABC News that his role as the famed leprechaun never led to any free cereal. “But they gave me lots of green money,” he said, “and 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 is survived by his daughter, Amy Anderson.