H. Holcombe; Radio, Stage, Movie Actor

Harry Holcombe, the radio, film and stage actor who portrayed the kindly grandfather type on the Country Time Lemonade television commercials for nearly 10 years, has died at the age of 80.

Holcombe, seen in such films as “Bird Man of Alcatraz,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Kisses for My President” and more, died Tuesday at a son’s home in Valencia.

He began in radio as a director in Chicago and later directed such network programs as “Dr. I.Q.” and “Tena and Tim.” He also was the narrator on the “Moon River” series.

In the TV commercials he could be seen, often with children, swinging from a tire attached to a tree, reminiscing about the way lemonade was made when he was a youth.


He also directed Benny Goodman’s shows on radio’s “Camel Caravan.”

Survivors include two sons, Theodore and Harry III, and four grandchildren.