Birth Date: June 23, 1917
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death: November 12, 2004 / Age: 87
Location of Death: Upper Nyack, New York, USA
Cause of Death: pneumonia
Biography: You knew his voice more than likely. I was a huge fan of the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" during the 1970s. It was a ritual listening to the scary tales every night at 9 P.M. Norman Rose was one of the more prolific actors on the radio show. He worked on nearly 60 episodes. Actor Norman Rose died of pneumonia at age 87. If you’re to young to remember the the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" then you surely know his voice through the "Juan Valdez" coffee commercials. Woody Allen employed his distinctive voice in his wonderful "Radio Days." Mr. Rose wasn’t always behind the camera. He appeared in a number of films. He played Woody Allen’s attorney in Martin Ritt’s great film about the Blacklist: "The Front." He had a supporting role in one of my favorite crime capers: "The Anderson Tapes." One of his funnier roles was in the twisted comedy "The Telephone Man." He played the world’s best obscene phone caller. Other film and TV credits include "Biloxi Blues," "Who Killed Mary What’s Her Name ?," "The Edge of Night," "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Mr. Rose was the narrator of the English dubbed version of the classic Russian film "War and Peace." Despite all of his work on radio, film and TV, I think my favorite piece of Norman Rose’ work was the National Lampoon take off on the poem "Desiderata." The Lampoon version was called "Deteriorata" Some of the more memorable lines were to "go placidly amid the noise and waste" and "You are a fluke of the universe. You have no right to be here. And whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back." The parody appeared on the 1972 album "Radio Diner."