- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The man who played Wallace Snead on the “Wallace and Ladmo Show,” a children’s program that aired on Phoenix television for over three decades, has died.

Executive Producer Scott Davis of KPHO-TV says Bill Thompson died Wednesday after going into hospice care over the weekend for a debilitating disease. He was 82.

The comedy and cartoon show aired from 1954 to 1989 and was considered an institution in Phoenix.

Arizona governors regularly issued proclamations marking its five-year anniversaries, and the show featured appearances by such notables as Barry Goldwater, Mohammed Ali, Alice Cooper and Jack Benny.

KPHO General Manager Edward Munson Jr. called Thompson a “television treasure who brought joy and laughter into counteless Arizona homes.”

Thompson’s partner was Ladimir Kwiatkowski, who died in 1994. Weatherman Pat McMahon joined the show a few years into its run.

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