Saturday, February 14, 2015
R.I.P. Gary Owens.
Gary Owens, a performer with a unique and instantly recognizable voice, passed away on February 12, 2015, at the (no longer old) age of 80.
Gary Owens is best remembered by the sixties and seventies generation as the announcer for the groundbreaking NBC TV series ROWAN AND MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN (1968-1973), which changed the face of television comedy and introduced many enduring stars and personalities to the medium.
But, before – during and after – that Gary Owens was known to us animation enthusiasts as a popular animation voice performer.
In 1965, he was Roger Ramjet.
In 1966, he was Space Ghost.
In 1969, he narrated The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.
In 1976 and beyond, he was The Blue Falcon to Dynomutt, and teamed-up with Scooby-Doo and the gang. (…Um, think we’ll soon see The Blue Falcon and Dynomutt in the SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP comic book title?)
He even reprised his role as Space Ghost in 2011, on BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD!
And narrated features on THIS SERIES of DVDs.
Mr. Owens’ list of credits can be found HERE.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Gary Owens… we will “hear” you forever!