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Also Known As: Died: October 25, 1997
Born: September 7, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor

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One of the most prolific and versatile voice actors of the 20th century, Don Messick voiced such iconic childhood favorites as Scooby-Doo, Boo Boo, Astro, Papa Smurf and dozens of other roles for Hanna-Barbera's stable of animated television programs, as well as other companies. He began his career as a ventriloquist before attempting to break into show business via television puppet shows. When the format was phased out in the early 1950s, Messick turned to the major animation studios, briefly voicing Droopy before teaming with Daws Butler on most of Hanna-Barbera's best-known series. In addition to his major characters, Messick also narrated many shows while also providing background voices and vocal sound effects for hundreds of episodes. The various iterations of Scooby-Doo kept Messick busy until the 1990s, when he retired from voice acting following a stroke in 1996. Messick's death in 1997 was mourned by the best and brightest in his field, which recalled his work as an inspiration to animation performers, creators and fans everywhere.

One of the most prolific and versatile voice actors of the 20th century, Don Messick voiced such iconic childhood favorites as Scooby-Doo, Boo Boo, Astro, Papa Smurf and dozens of other roles for Hanna-Barbera's stable of animated television programs, as well as other companies. He began his career as a ventriloquist before attempting to break into show business via television puppet shows. When the format was phased out in the early 1950s, Messick turned to the major animation studios, briefly voicing Droopy before teaming with Daws Butler on most of Hanna-Barbera's best-known series. In addition to his major characters, Messick also narrated many shows while also providing background voices and vocal sound effects for hundreds of episodes. The various iterations of Scooby-Doo kept Messick busy until the 1990s, when he retired from voice acting following a stroke in 1996. Messick's death in 1997 was mourned by the best and brightest in his field, which recalled his work as an inspiration to animation performers, creators and fans everywhere.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects (1995) Voice Of Dr Quest
2.
 Jetsons: The Movie (1990) Voice Of Astro The Dog
3.
 Transformers - The Movie (1986) Voice Of Gears
4.
 Charlotte's Web (1973) Voice
8.
 Wrong Way Kid, The (1983) Voice
10.
 Jack Frost (1980) Voice Of Snip
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Raised in Maryland
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Served in the Army during WWII
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Moved to Hollywood
1950:
Cast as the voice of Raggedy Andy in the radio series "The Raggedy Anne Show"
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Served as a ventriloquist on "The Buffalo Billy Show" on WCBS-TV
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Provided the voices for tv puppet shows
1957:
Cast in Hanna-Barbaera's first tv series under it's own banner called "Ruff 'n' Ready"
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