Mrclean_circle_2Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute.

Mr. Clean can clean your whole house and everything that’s in it.

Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean!

I listened to that catchy jingle when I was a baby. Darn thing is imprinted in my brain.

Even today, when I clean my kitchens and bathrooms (which is admittedly not that often), I hum the Mr. Clean advertising jingle. No, not out loud.

So I was sad today to hear that the actor who first played Mr. Clean –- House Peters Jr. — died in Los Angeles.

But I was stunned to hear that he was 92! That’s a very ripe old age.

Musta been clean living?

Sorry.

For more about the actor who first portrayed the household hygiene icon, keep reading.

And if you have any fond memories of Mr. Clean, please leave a comment. C’mon, I know there are some secret Mr. Clean fans out there!

]]>Peters’ acting career was from 1935 to 1967. He appeared as an MP captain in "The Day the Earth Stood Still," in "Flash Gordon," as Dr. Goulting in "Red Planet Mars," a technician in "Target Earth," a reporter in "The Great Sioux Massacre."

He also appeared on TV shows such as “The Gene Autry Show,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Annie Oakley,” Lawman,” “77 Sunset Strip” and “Lassie.”

He wrote an autobiography, "Another Side of Hollywood," in which he wrote about being the son of an actress and silent film actor, Robert House Peters Sr., who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to AP, he was never a leading man, but he played many marvelous characters in westerns and even won a Golden Boot Award in 2000 for his lifetime contributions to the western genre.

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

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Pickett, a daughter, another son and four grandchildren.

Here’s Variety‘s obit too.

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead