Allen Melvin, aka Sam the Butcher
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.”
But his place in pop culture will be fixed as butcher and bowler Sam Franklin, the love interest of Brady family maid Alice Nelson, who was played by Ann B. Davis. Melvin played the role from 1970 to 1973.
Sam has had some great lines during his run on network Television. Here are some of our favorites……
Mr Brady: Sam, what are you doing here so late?
Sam: Just making a late night meat delivery.
“This isn’t about Texas versus Georgia. This is about decency versus filth!”
Mr. Brady: I am sorry to hear about the closing of your butcher shop.
Sam: Guess Alice is going to need somebody else to deliver the meat.