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Television actor was Mr. Clean

October 03, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

House Peters Jr., 92, a television actor who became the original Mr. Clean on Procter & Gamble's commercials for household cleaners, died Wednesday of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, said his son, Jon Peters.

The elder Peters' most memorable role came as Mr. Clean, a muscular man with a bald head, a hoop earring and a no-nonsense attitude toward dirt and grime. From the late 1950s and into the early '60s, Peters helped advertise the household cleaner with the trademark jingle "Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean."

Peters played many supporting roles, including working with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on their TV shows. He also appeared in "Perry Mason," "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone" and "Lassie."

Peters was born Jan. 12, 1916, in New Rochelle, N.Y., as Robert House Peters Jr. His son said Peters studied drama in high school and became inspired to pursue an acting career.

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