Monday, February 16, 2015

The Baritone Has Been Silenced! The Death of Gary Owens!

Well known announcer and voice over artist, Gary Owens has died on February 12, 2014. He was 78 years old and was a diabetic, just like long time voice of Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine.  Although started of as an announcer for the variety show, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Owens, to the eyes of many fans of animation like me and Stefan, baritone voice and all, was also known for doing the voices of many characters who sounded "Manly", so to speak. Characters like Roger Ramjet, whose Proton Energy Pills gives him the strength of 20 Atom Bombs for 20 seconds, Commander Feral from Swat Kats, who has strong distaste to the Swat Kats despite saving the world, Powered Toast Man, and of course, our two favorite characters he voiced, the Blue Falcon from Dynomutt: Dog Wonder and as one of Hanna-Barbera's famed superheroes in the 1960s, before being reduced to a talk show host, Space Ghost.  Whether he does announcing for comedy or talking heroically as Space Ghost, Mr. Owens' strong baritone type voice will live one forever.  He will be missed. Godspeed to you, Mr. Owens and to Space Ghost and the Blue Falcon, too.  For more information about his career and his death, click on the link below.

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Gary Bernard Altman/Gary Owens
(May 10, 1936 - February 12, 2015)

This has been a ACF special bulletin.


Stefan said...

Damn another one. At least he died of old age.

Stefan said...

I'll miss him too