The Butcher Shop is Closed

Allan Melvin, best known for playing Sam the Butcher on “The Brady Bunch” is dead. He was 84.


Melvin died of cancer Thursday at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, said Amalia Melvin, his wife of 64 years.

The jowly, jovial Melvin spent decades playing a series of sidekicks, second bananas and lovable lugs, including Archie Bunker’s friend Barney Hefner on “All in the Family,” and Sgt. Bilko’s right-hand man Cpl. Henshaw on the “Phil Silvers Show.”


Brady Bunch, Sam the Butcher, Allan Melvin

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