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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness -- Mr. Clean Dies

10/2/2008 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mr. Clean has gone off to that big sanitized house in the sky.

House Peters Jr., the actor that played the original Mr. Clean in TV commercials, died of ammonia pneumonia on Wednesday. He was 92.

In the '50s and '60s, Peters became famous for playing the household cleaning product's bald muscular hoop-earing clad spokesperson. The Castro would never be the same.

Peters is survived by his wife, three adult children and four grandchildren.

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31.

Piper    

92 years old. What a long life. If only all of us could be as fortunate... He was more than just Mr. Clean but that privilege and knowledge is left to those who loved him and will remember him for so much more than one job he did among so many others.

Rest in peace Mr. Peters.

2108 days ago
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Loving relatives of House Peters Jr.    

Firstly, thank you all for remembering a very distictive and multi-talented man who lived a long and blessed life. TMZ's tribute would have made House Peters not only impressed he was mentioned but he also loved a really, good laugh. He tried very hard to live as long as he could and we are all inspired by his tenaciousness. Please make sure you look up all his acting credits as he was more than just a handsome, bald man advertising a product. The outpour of love, sympathy for our family, and joy he may have brought you, means more to us in this hard time. I think I could say that he would be very surprised and impressed that he made the top news headlines today considering all that is going on in our nation and around the world. We thank you, Harvey Levin, staff and crew for the "big ups".

2108 days ago
33.

Dixie    

Get a grip people, there is no harm in having some humor when someone dies. I got a laugh from "Mr. Clean has gone off to that big sanitized house in the sky." And those that say they hate this site so much....why do you even bother to come to this site? You obviously dont hate it if you are here reading stories and posting your comments.

2107 days ago
34.

Bil    

I knew "Mr. Clean" (in the early '60's before he took the gig for the cleaner) when he entertained hundreds of visitors to Avalon, Catalina off the coast of Southern California. We called him "Duke." He was the official greeter for the City of Avalon and put on a welcoming show twice a day as passengers debarked "the Big White Steamer," As a young teen, I felt great pride when Duke remembered my name every year when I visited for our family vacation. His big smile and sincere personality made everybody feel welcome. RIP Duke from all of the kids you make feel important. BIL GEKAS

2107 days ago
35.

FireEmAll    

Wasnt Mr. Ckean married at one time to Shirley Temple, very briefly? May have been another actor that played Mr.Clean, but I could swear I read that someplace......

2107 days ago
36.

mabel    

A little Funny, It was hilarious, I mean I fell sorry for the guy and his family, but for some reason I can't stop laughing.

2106 days ago
37.

Loving relatives of House Peters Jr.    

Just to set the record straight, House was never married to Shirley Temple and leaves behind, a brother, a sister, two nieces, two great-nieces and one great-nephew and three great-grandchildren. Plus, Duke from Catalina Island is NOT House Peters, Jr.

2104 days ago
38.

leem    

The Duke of Catalina was born Leo Fishman in the Philippines to American parents in 1906. He came to Avalon in 1934 and fell in love with Catalina. He was a lifeguard in Avalon for decades and was noticed by movie producers and had many extra parts in some big movies including the 1934 Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, Ten Commandments, Spartucus, many TV spots and was the prototype of Mr. Clean. He was good friends with the other "Duke" John Wayne. Duke Wayne was 6'5" and Duke Fishman was 5'6". He died in 1977.

2073 days ago
39.

leem    

The Duke of Catalina was born Leo Fishman in the Philippines to American parents in 1906. He came to Avalon in 1934 and fell in love with Catalina. He was a lifeguard in Avalon for decades and was noticed by movie producers and had many extra parts in some big movies including the 1934 Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable, Ten Commandments, Spartucus, many TV spots and was the prototype of Mr. Clean. He was good friends with the other "Duke" John Wayne. Duke Wayne was 6'5" and Duke Fishman was 5'6". He died in 1977.

2073 days ago
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