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Also Known As: Kemal Amin Kasem Died: June 15, 2014
Born: April 27, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession:

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With his warm, mellifluous voice and velvet-like delivery, disc jockey Casey Kasem built the foundation for one of radio's most popular programs "American Top 40" (syndicated, 1970- ). Kasem's format of counting down the most popular songs, with the inclusion of fun facts and personal long-distance dedications, captivated a nation of radio listeners who found his enviable music knowledge and Everyman appeal a comforting constant in their lives. Kasem was also a prominent voice actor, adding humor and life to the affable slacker Shaggy on the Saturday morning staple, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (CBS, 1969-1972, 1974-76; ABC, 1976-78, 1982-84) and subsequent series from the popular franchise. Weathering decades of shifting musical styles, declining ratings, and contractual issues, Kasem remained as the host and driving force behind "American Top 40" for 39 years, an unparalleled achievement by a true icon of the entertainment industry. Sadly, the end of his life was marred by a feud between his wife, actress Jean Kasem, and his children from his first marriage, who went to court accusing their stepmother of restricting their access to their father, who was suffering from Lewy body dementia. The case...

With his warm, mellifluous voice and velvet-like delivery, disc jockey Casey Kasem built the foundation for one of radio's most popular programs "American Top 40" (syndicated, 1970- ). Kasem's format of counting down the most popular songs, with the inclusion of fun facts and personal long-distance dedications, captivated a nation of radio listeners who found his enviable music knowledge and Everyman appeal a comforting constant in their lives. Kasem was also a prominent voice actor, adding humor and life to the affable slacker Shaggy on the Saturday morning staple, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (CBS, 1969-1972, 1974-76; ABC, 1976-78, 1982-84) and subsequent series from the popular franchise. Weathering decades of shifting musical styles, declining ratings, and contractual issues, Kasem remained as the host and driving force behind "American Top 40" for 39 years, an unparalleled achievement by a true icon of the entertainment industry. Sadly, the end of his life was marred by a feud between his wife, actress Jean Kasem, and his children from his first marriage, who went to court accusing their stepmother of restricting their access to their father, who was suffering from Lewy body dementia. The case was still proceeding when Casey Kasem died on Father's Day, June 15, 2014.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chill Out, Scooby-Doo (2007) Shaggy
3.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Voice Of Shaggy
4.
 Rugrats in Paris - The Movie (2000) Wedding Dj
5.
 Undercover Angel (1999) Himself
6.
 James Dean: Race With Destiny (1997) Bill Roman, Jack Roman'S Assistant
7.
 Mr. Wrong (1996) Himself
8.
 Transformers - The Movie (1986) Voice Of Cliffjumper
9.
 Ghostbusters (1984) Himself
10.
 Disco Fever (1982)
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1952:
Drafted into the U.S. Army; deployed to Korea and worked as an announcer and disc jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network
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During the 1960s, worked as a DJ for various stations including KYA in San Francisco, CA and WJW in Cleveland, OH
1963:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA; DJ'd at KRLA 1110 in Los Angeles, CA
:
Discovered by Dick Clark while hosting local dance events in Los Angeles; Clark offered him a hosting job for a musical television show he was producing called "Shebang"
1966:
Made acting debut with a supporting role in "The Girls from Thunder Strip"
1968:
Began his career as a voiceover actor on "The Batman/Superman Hour" (CBS)
1969:
Hired by Hanna-Barbera studios to provide the voice for the character of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" (CBS, 1969-72, 1974-76; ABC, 1976-78, 1982-84)
1970:
Launched the nationally syndicated radio program "American Top 40"
1981:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1984:
Made a cameo in the comedy hit "Ghostbusters"
1988:
Left "American Top 40" (replaced by Shadoe Stevens) over a salary dispute with its owner ABC Radio
1992:
Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame
1998:
Returned to radio and changed the program¿s name to "Casey¿s Top 40"
2009:
Retired from his radio program 39 years to the day after "American Top 40" debuted
2010:
Landed guest voiceover role on "Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated" (Cartoon Network) as Shaggy¿s father Colton Rogers
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