Cosmo Allegretti, the man who created Dancing Bear on “Captain Kangaroo” has died at 86.
Allegretti, a set painter who became a puppeteer and voice artist on the classic kid’s TV show, passed away from emphysema on July 26 according to UPI, though his death wasn’t widely reported until Wednesday (Aug. 7).
In addition to creating Dancing Bear on “Captain Kangroo,” Allegretti voiced several other characters including Mr. Moose and Grandfather Clock. He became a performer by accident, after producers voiced their displeasure with a puppet created for the show and he offered to design a substitution.
“Captain Kangaroo” aired on CBS from 1955 to 1984, with Bob Keeshan as the host and title character. Allegretti was briefly married to Carol Lawrence, a Broadway actress who appeared on TV shows as varied as “Saved by the Bell” and “Sex and the City,” during the 1950s.