Monday, May 23, 2005

Thurl Ravenscroft (1914-2005): He was grrr-r-r-r-eat!

Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of legendary voice actor and singer Thurl Ravenscroft at the age of 91.

You may not know the name, but you definitely know those melodious basso profundo pipes. Ravenscroft was the familiar voice of Tony the Tiger of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes fame, as well as that of the Ghost Host in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. He also sang the holiday classic, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," in the perennial Yuletide TV favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas. You can hear Ravenscroft's distinctive tones in more than a dozen Disney animated films, beginning with Dumbo in 1941 through The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977.

A titanic talent, Mr. Ravenscroft will be missed, though his inimitable voice will live on through his work. My friend Paul E. — a veritable font of Thurl Ravenscroft lore — has, sadly, lost a source of numerous relatable anecdotes. I'm sure, though, he'll be telling them all the more in the days ahead, in fond memory of Mr. Ravenscroft.

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Blogger ADAMANT offered these pearls of wisdom...

A voice from my childhood. He left a grrrrr-r-r-r-eat leagcy.

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