Obit of the Day: Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit
Cosmo Allegretti was a busy man on Captain Kangaroo. The puppeteer and performer was the creator and voice of Bob Keeshan’s cloth nemesis Mr. Moose, and his silent sidekick Bunny Rabbit. He also performed as Dancing Bear and Grandfather Clock. He was even the artist for the Captain’s Magic Drawing Board. Add to that occasional appearances as Dennis the Painter, and Mr. Allegretti was on the show as often as Bob Keeshan’s red-coated Captain.
Mr. Allegretti was a set painter by trade but became a puppeteer when producers of Captain Kangaroo were unhappy with a puppet designed for the show. He offered to create a new one - and a career was born.
Cosmo Allegretti, who also performed on Broadway and in several films, died on July 26, 2013 at the age of 86.
Note: Mr. Moose is in the Smithsonian Institution.
Sources: Today.com, IMDB.com, Wikipedia, LA Times, and UPI.com
(Video of Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo with Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit - both performed by Cosmo Allegretti, is copyright of CBS and courtesy of Jim5150jvc on YouTube)
Also of interest my historical post on Captain Kangaroo from 2012.
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