CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT STAR DEAD

Published on: November 4, 2011
Photography by: CBS Archives/Getty Images "Captain Midnight"
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT STAR DEAD

Legendary character actor SID MELTON, 94, who played CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT’s sidekick ICHABOD MUDD has rocketed off to the great unknown.

Before Star Trek, before Star Wars, 1050s TV had "CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT" and the hard working Sid gained immortality as the Ovaltine drinkin' space jockey sidekick.  Cap was played by Richard Webb.

More than fifty years later, Sid recalled that fans would stilll greeted him with the character's signature line: "Mudd with two Ds."
Melton, 94, who also appeared on hit TV shows "Green Acres" and "The Danny Thomas Show," died of pneumonia in Burbank.
During a career that spanned  60 years, Melton appeared in  140 television and film projects.

 They  included  “The Lost Continent" with Batman TV Joker Caesar Romero, “The "The Steel Helmet," directed by tough guy Sam Fuller and 1972's "Lady Sings the Blues" with Diana Ross as Billie Holiday.

Sid was also a regular on "The Danny Thomas Show" from 1959 to 1971 aka “Make Room for Daddy”, playing club owner Uncle Charley Halper.

Melton also had a recurring role in the late 1960s on "Green Acres" as Alf Monroe, half of an inept brother-sister carpenter team.

Born Sidney Meltzer on May 22, 1917, in New York City, Sid’s dad was a comedian in Yiddish theater.
Sid broke in to Hollywood with the help of his older brother, Lewis Meltzer, a screenwriter who penned "Golden Boy" and "Man With the Golden Arm" for the big screen.

"Fire Up The Silver Dart, Icky!"