Marvin Kaplan, Character Actor Known for ‘Alice’ and ‘Top Cat,’ Dies at 89 Marvin Kaplan Dead: Character Actor in ‘Alice,’ ‘Top Cat,’ Dies At 89 | Variety Marvin Kaplan, a character actor known for the sitcom “Alice” and his voice-over work as Choo-Choo on the animated series “Top Cat,” has died. He was 89. He died of natural causes on Wednesday in his home in Burbank, Calif., according to a statement released by Theatre West. Top Cat was one of my first and favourite cartoons, and Choo-Choo was a great voice. May Kaplan's soul rest in peace.