And how. I felt the loss so deeply, I spent many hours Monday writing a tribute article to honor his memory (and added even more to it on Tuesday):Originally posted by Brainatra
The voice of Garfield himself (and Carleton the Doorman on the old TV show "Rhoda"), Lorenzo Music, has died at the age of 64 from lung cancer:
He'll surely be missed...
I'm pleased to see the media's finally alerted to this. I've found only 2 other obits in the press up until now. I was beginning to think the death of another voice actor was going to go largely overlooked by the media.
One of my favorite "Garfield and Friends" episodes featured Garfield getting zapped inside his TV set in a "Twilight Zone" parody (with Garfield at one point screaming "help! My horizontal hold's slipping!"). Another favorite ep: "Robodie 2", where he stops the show at one point to note how similar this story was to the *original* "Robodie" ("same plot, same characters, and most of the same jokes")... :-)
Yep, both favorites of mine as well, particularly the Twilight Zone spoof. And "A Garfield Christmas" is an annual holiday family tradition with my family - it brings back so many fond childhood memories. My brothers and I were just like Jon and Doc-boy. And my grandmother's just like Jon's mom - "Eat! Eat! Eat!".
Wonder if Garfield will get a new voice/what it'll sound like...
According to an inside source, Paws Inc (the Garfield company) struck a deal with Lorenzo that in the payment of a small fee they would have the right to hire a soundalike for him in the event of his death. But it's not known if this will happen. I'm sure the issue will be discussed in due time.
Other than Frank Welker, I've never heard anyone (professional or otherwise) who could imitate Music with any degree of accuracy. Music's voice was just too unique.
Mark Evanier told me that Frank Welker once filled in for an entire recording session on "Garfield & Friends" when Music was out sick. When Music returned, they recorded his lines and edited them in - "except that the sound editors got confused and couldn't tell on some of the lines which were Frank and which were Lorenzo doing Frank...so we left some Welker lines in that episode."
There's also a rather funny anecdote about the time Frank first learned to imitate Lorenzo included in the tribute article I wrote - I was even given permission to republish it.
Mark also told me there's a car commercial running right now (I don't watch much TV and haven't seen it) that has Garfield speaking just a few lines in it. Mark says, "I don't know who did them, but they're not Lorenzo.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Frankly, I wish they would retire Garfield from speaking at all - there's really no one who can duplicate Lorenzo's incredibly unique voice and still manage the kind of performance that only he could deliver.