Variety has reported that actor/radio announcer/cartoon voice Gary Owens has passed. He died on Feb. 12 at his home in Encino, California. He was 80, and had been a diabetic since the age of 8.
Best known for being the announcer on NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-73), and for popularizing the phrase “Beautiful downtown Burbank,” Owens lent his voice to more than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of Space Ghost, The Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, and Powdered Toast Man (on The Ren & Stimpy Show) among many others. His numerous supporting roles included parts on Garfield and Friends, The Fantastic Four, and Bobby’s World.
He was also an announcer on Sesame Street; and a contributor to The Electric Company.
There is no other way we can pay tribute to this man – whom I had the pleasure to meet on several social occasions over the years – than to post some of his great roles.
You’ll be missed – and never forgotten, Gary. Rest in peace.