Dallas McKennon 1919-2009
Cartoon Brew reports that Dallas McKennon, the legendary voice of the claymation icon Gumby as well as the voice of Archie Andrews in the Archie cartoons for Filmation died today. He was 89.
McKennon was a voice actor for several Disney films, including Lady & the Tramp, Mary Poppins, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, and Bedknobs & Broomsticks. He also voiced in Disneyland attractions such as Benjamin Franklin in EPCOT’s American Adventure, and Zeke in the Country Bear Jamboree.
He also played Cincinnatus in the live-action Daniel Boone series, and as a gas station attendant in the Elvis Presley film Clambake.
[via Steve Carras]
Update: 7.15.2009 — Toon Zone’s Craig Crumpton has published a tribute article to Dal on his Voice Actors in the News blog.
Additionally, a memorial service is planned for Saturday, August 1st in Dal’s home state of Oregon, at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cannon Beach.
Update: 7.31.2009 — Craig has added four photos to his tribute article.
Dal’s daughter, Gayle, is also planning to launch a memorial website in Dal’s honor.