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Thurl Ravenscroft

Voice Actor. Born Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft in Norfolk, Nebraska, at 19 he moved to California to study art and interior design at the Otis Art Institute. In 1937 added his distinctive bass voice to the singing group, The Sportsmen Quartet, and regularly performed on the Jack Benny radio show and in several movies such as the Hopalong Cassidy western 'Lost Canyon' in 1942. During the Second World War he served as a civilian navigator in the Air Transport Command for special missions. After the war he returned to Hollywood, his singing group reshaped into the Mellomen who often sang support for various stars as well as supplying vocals for radio, television, film and commercials. In 1952, with the introduction of Kellog's Frosted Flakes, Ravenscroft was asked to voice their new character, Tony the Tiger, and remained in that role for the next 53 years. He also dubbed the singing voices for numerous actors in movies such as 1955's 'Daddy Long Legs' and 'South Pacific' in 1958. Disney Studios made great use of his talents and his voice was heard in a great many of their animated features as well as in the Disneyland theme park where his voice features in attactions such as It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, the Enchanted Tiki Room, he performed the voice of Fritz the German Audio-Animatronic parrot, and in the Haunted Mansion as broken bust in the graveyard. In 1966, he was invited by author Dr. Seuss and animator Chuck Jones to showcase his voice in their project, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' singing 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.' He would also be heard in the successive Seuss projects 'Horton Hears a Who,' 'The Cat in the Hat,' and 'The Lorax.' Although film work then began to thin, he performed 'No Dogs Allowed' in 'Snoopy Come Home' in 1972, and was the voice of Kirby in 'The Brave Little Toaster.' Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he became a fixture as the narrator for the annual Pageant of the Masters art show at the Laguna Beach, California Festival of the Arts. In honor of his contributions to the industry, he was named a Disney Legend in 1995. At 2004's Annie Awards, he received the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement. Shortly after he succumbed to prostate cancer at 91, the industry journal 'Advertising Age,' ran an ad commemorating his career. Sponsered by Kellogg's it was headed: "Behind every great character is an even greater man."

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thurl Ravenscroft (6 Feb 1914–22 May 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11015444, citing Cathedral Memorial Gardens, Garden Grove, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .