Alden served in World War II, and even skated in the roller derby, before perfecting a stand-up comedy routine.
Alden was signed to a development deal by NBC in 1954, where he got a role in its series Matinee Theater. As a character actor, he frequently played mostly tough guys and authority figures, often in sports team coach or police detective type roles. In Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, he had a memorable appearance as a coach who drowned after collapsing face-down into a bowl of chicken soup, and he coached Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson in the film Semi-Tough.
Alden was also the voice of Aquaman, on Super Friends & The All New Super Friends Hour. He reprised this role brief for a commercial crossing over Super Friends and The Powerpuff Girl. The commercial included Blossom being voiced by Cathy Cavadini.
Alden died at the age of eighty-seven on July 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California from natural causes. He was survived by his two children from his first marriage to Sharon Hayden, one grandson, and his partner of twenty-five years, Linda Thieben.
- ↑ "'Oscar' Talk Heped Alden," The Morning Herald, January 4, 1978, p36
- ↑ Character Actor Norman Alden Dies at 87
- ↑ Actor Norman Alden dies aged 87. Retrieved on 30-07-2012.
- ↑ 'America's Favorite Unknown Actor' Norm Alden Dies, Parade.com, taken from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, July 31, 2012, accessed July 31, 2012.