General Hospital Alum, ‘Smurfs’ & ‘Young Frankenstein’ Actor Danny Goldman Dead at 80
Soap alum remembered as the voice of Brainy Smurf as well as numerous other characters.
Soaps.com has learned that actor Danny Goldman, who once appeared on General Hospital as Clarence Darrow, but who was best known for his roles in Young Frankenstein (1974) and on The Smurfs, died on Sunday April 12 at his home following a series of strokes. He was 80. “He passed peacefully at home today amongst family and friends, having suffered a couple of strokes around New Years,” agent Doug Ely, a friend reported on Facebook.
Born October 30, 1939 as Daniel Goldman in New York City, there was no indication that he left behind a spouse or offspring.
Goldman first began appearing on TV in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life; he went on to appear in series such as That Girl, The Partridge Family, Love, American Style, Columbo and the original Hawaii Five-O. In the 1980s, he voiced Brainy Smurf in the animated series The Smurfs, reprising the voice on Robot Chicken in multiple episodes between 2005 – 2011. But he also had a thriving career in film, debuting in the original feature MASH (1979), and made a mark in Young Frankenstein (1974) as a student who inquires about Dr. Frankenstein’s grandfather. Throughout his career he bounced back and forth between film and TV, becoming a durable veteran character actor; he appeared briefly on General Hospital in 1991 as the legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow in what was likely a fantasy sequence. He continued to act throughout the 1990s and early 2000s on shows like The King of Queens and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. His last known role was in 2012 on Criminal Minds. In addition, he spent three decades as a casting director, retiring in 2009.
Soaps.com sends Goldman’s family and friends our deepest condolences. View our gallery below to remember other soap opera alums lost this year.
Video: Smurfsworld com/YouTube