House Peters Jr., a character actor who became an advertising icon after starring as Proctor & Gamble’s original Mr. Clean, has died at age 92.
Peters died of pneumonia on Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, according to his son, Jon Peters.
The New York-born, Beverly Hills-raised actor was born into show business: his parents were silent screen star House Peters Sr. and actress Mae King Peters. He later wrote an autobiography, Another Side of Hollywood, about growing up with his famous parents.
Though he studied drama and began his career upon graduating from high school, he never achieved leading-man status.
His biggest role, however, came later in life: in the late 1950s through the early 1960s, he starred as Mr. Clean, the bald, muscular pitchman for the household cleaner with the now-iconic jingle.