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Dallas McKennon
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Voice Actor
    (July 19, 1919-July 14, 2009)
    Born in La Grande, Oregon
    Provided the voices of Gumby for Art Clokey, Buzz Buzzard in Woody Woodpecker cartoons, and Archie Andrews in Filmation's' 'Archie' series
    Provided voices (often of multiple characters) in Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' (1955), 'Sleeping Beauty' (1959), '101 Dalmatians' (1961), 'Mary Poppins' (1964) and 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' (1971)
    Provided voices for various Disneyland/Disney World attractions, including Ben Franklin in Epcot's American Adventure, Zeke in the Country Bear Jamboree and the prospector/narrator for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Hosted 'Space Funnies' for KCBS in Los Angeles during the 1950s
    Portrayed Cincinnatus in the TV series 'Daniel Boone' (1964-69)
    Appeared in the films 'The Birds' (1963) and 'Clambake' (1967)
    Growing up, he frequently got into trouble for mimicking his teachers.
    He was the original voice of Tony the Tiger, but was overshadowed by replacement Thurl Ravenscroft.
    He usually sported a scruffy beard.
    He said of a series of villains he played on TV Westerns, 'I specialized in barn burnings.'
    An 'insane laugh' he created for a hyena character was recycled for the villain of the Crash Bandicoot series of video games.
    He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Betty Warner, for 66 years.
    He served with the Army Signal Corps during World War II.
    His British accent was convincing enough that during dubbing for 'Mary Poppins' David Tomlinson asked, 'I say, old boy, what part of England do you come from?'
    He was an expert on the history of the Oregon Trail and organized events for its 150th anniversary.
    Actor Will Ryan said, 'There was something of the six-year-old in him no matter what his age was.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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