When actor-director John Huston died, the husky, avuncular and arresting voice of numerous commercials died with him.
The final Huston TV sales spot--for Dodge--stopped airing about two weeks ago, though a public service message shot earlier this year for the American Lung Assn. will begin airing in early January. (Huston died of emphysema at 81 on Aug. 28.) Meanwhile, he's heard on radio in a Calistoga Water commercial.
Arthur Kesteloot, national ad manager for Dodge, told us that Huston's poor health and recent death had nothing to with the decision to pull the Dodge campaign.
"Our TV buy time (the bloc of time sponsors buy from networks for ads) had run out," he said. "John was advertising our '86 models. And we stopped those ads to begin running our '87 model car commercials."