(CHICAGO) -- Elmer Lynn Hauldren, an advertising copywriter known for his portrayal of the Empire Carpet Man in a popular line of commercials, died Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 89.
In addition to starring in the ads, Hauldren wrote the jingle, "Five-eight-eight, two-three-hundred...Empire!" Hauldren appeared in the commercials since the 1970s.
"He has made an indelible mark on advertising history with his creativity and warmth," Empire CEO Steve Silvers said. "Lynn will always have a special place in the hearts of many. Our thoughts are with his family during this time.”
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