A show-stopping comic for decades, the inimitable Arnold Stang, with the trademark Runyonesque voice and thick, black glasses, started out famously on radio before branching out to include Broadway, films and especially TV.

Here he played Sinatra's seedy but loyal pal Sparrow, a role that easily could have influenced Dustin Hoffman when he created his Ratso Rizzo character a decade and a half later in Midnight Cowboy (1969). American film and TV actor Arnold Stang has died at the age of 91.

Stang's best featured part was a rare dramatic role opposite Frank Sinatra in the then-daring topical movie about drug addiction entitled The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). Arnold Stang, Actor: It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou …

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno face off in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of Mr. Olympia in this critically-acclaimed film that made Schwarzenegger a household name. Stang passed away on Sunday in Newton, Massachusetts, after a battle with pneumonia.