Mr. Whipple Dies on World Toilet Day
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Wilson, the actor and pitchman who played the uptight grocer begging customers “Please, don’t squeeze the Charmin,” died Monday. He was 91.
The man famous as TV’s “Mr. Whipple” died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers.”
Over 21 years, Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling the soft toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.
I told Sam yesterday it was World Toilet Day, and he didn’t understand. “What does THAT mean?” “It means it’s a day when we should honor and appreciate our toilets,” I told him.
He spent the bulk of the afternoon having his action figures give each other swirlies in a plastic Dora the Explorer toilet. That was his celebration.
OMG – Celebration Swirlies! Woo hoo.