, a popular character actor best recognized for his roles on
The Phil Silvers Show
(as Cpl. Henshaw),
All in the Family
(Archie's bud Barney) and
The Brady Bunch
(Sam the butcher), on Thursday died of cancer, reports the
Los Angeles Times
. He was 84.
Melvin's 50-plus year career also included guest appearances on such TV shows as
The Andy Griffith Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C.
's Bluto; and playing "Al the Plumber" in 15 years' worth of Liquid-Plumr commercials.
Melvin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Amalia; a daughter, Jennifer Hanson; and a grandson.