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Gary Owens, Voice of "Beautiful Downtown Burbank" and Space Ghost Dead at 80

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posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 07:54 PM
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A real guy with a Dutch uncle baritone that could even breathe life into
cartoon heroes passed yesterday the 12th in Encino CA. His credits for
radio and TV were lengthy and impressive by any standards-- and he could
do straight or crazy like few others.

Cause of death was supposed Type 1 Diabetes, which he had since the age of 8.


Gary Owens May 10, 1934 - February 13, 2015

Radio/TV voiceover legend Gary Owens passed away on
Thursday (2/12) at his home in Encino, California reports
Variety. Owens was 80.

Owens, best known as the announcer on NBC’s Rowan and
Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-73) he also lent his voice to more
than 3,000 cartoons, providing the voice of “Space Ghost”
as well as Blue Falcon, Roger Ramjet, Powdered Toast Man
and Batman. He was animated as himself in “Garfield and
Friends,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Eek the Cat” and “Bobby’s
World.” Owens came up with the term, "beautiful
downtown Burbank," which later became a nightly catch-
phrase on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

My thanks to ACQB, the ArmChair QuarterBack web site for the
eulogy and kind words... and on the Walk of Fame between
Betty White and who cares! Hey, I'd rube elbows with her. no typo.

Moltar, watch it.. you've got the Ghost AND Powdered Toast Man after you now.
Now I know why I felt lousy all day... another really good guy that
made us all happy one way or another is gone.
edit on 13-2-2015 by derfreebie because: Credit where it's overdue




posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 07:59 PM
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I'll down a shot and watch an episode of 'Space Ghost' in his honor.



posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 08:04 PM
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a reply to: derfreebie

Aw ... Not powdered toast man



posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 08:12 PM
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AHHH~! Space Ghost? No this is a sad day.



posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 08:14 PM
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originally posted by: skunkape23
I'll down a shot and watch an episode of 'Space Ghost' in his honor.


Some of the ad-lib dialog on Adult Swim was a better reason for
me to go in with circles under my eyes Monday AM than beer.
He was good, and with a delivery like a B-25... quick and smooth.



posted on Feb, 13 2015 @ 08:17 PM
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originally posted by: Ashirah
a reply to: derfreebie

Aw ... Not powdered toast man


Yup, the end of a perfect breakfast.. just add Ren and Stimpy.
If John K. goes before me I swear I'll slice my tubes. Damn
doctor almost did it anyway...




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