Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flushed away...

The Ty-D-Bol Man returned to cultural prominence -- albeit briefly -- today, when it was reported that the actor who played him passed away.
Stage and screen actor Dan Resin, who portrayed the dapper Ty-D-Bol man in television commercials for the toilet bowl cleaner, has died. He was 79...

As the Ty-D-Bol man, Resin wore a captain's uniform and sailed off in a motorboat across the sparkling blue waters of a toilet tank after his product pitch: "Helps clean and deodorize your bowl automatically every time you flush."
Like Charmin's "Mr. Whipple" campaign, the diminutive Ty-D-Bol Man was seen as another example of the inanity and vulgarism of modern advertising as television grew ever more ubiquitous in American life.

"Inane? Vulgar? Me?"

I don't have much else to add here, though I do think it's funny that Mr. Resin's Broadway resume includes "Don't Drink The Water."

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