Ron Sweed, TV’s “The Ghoul,” dies at age 70

Ron Sweed, aka The Ghoul.

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Ron Sweed, the legendary actor known to a generation of TV fans as “The Ghoul,” died April 1 at the age of 70. His late-night horror show was a huge hit among young people in the Detroit area in the 1970s.

A popular TV personality in Cleveland, The Ghoul was later made famous across the country when Kaiser Broadcasting began syndicating his show in several markets, including Detroit, where his late-night show aired on Channel 50 for years beginning in the 1970s.

According to his entry on Wikipedia: “Known for his zany, early-adolescent humor (particularly surrounding his abuse of a rubber frog named “Froggy,” his well-known penchant for blowing up model ships and aircraft with firecrackers, and his habitual smearing of Cheez Whiz over everything in sight), late night monster movies were a unique experience for Cleveland viewers in the 1970s. Catch phrases included “zingy-zingy,” “Overdey!” and “stay sick, turn blue”.

For a look at The Ghoul in action, see the clip below:

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