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'Captain Kangaroo' character actor Cosmo Allegretti dies at 86 Published: August 8, 2013

Boomers, say goodbye to another piece of childhood: The man who created Dancing Bear on "Captain Kangaroo" has died, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Cosmo Allegretti, a set painter who became a puppeteer and voice artist on the children's TV classic, died of emphysema at age 86 on July 26, although the death wasn't widely reported until Wednesday.

Allegretti became a performer by accident, after producers were unhappy with a puppet created for the show and Allegretti offered to design a substitute.

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