The voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft died at the age of 91. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Voice of Tony the Tiger in more than 500 television commercials also sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
He grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.
He was 91. The cause was prostate cancer, said Diane Challis Davy, director of Pageant of the Masters, a program in Laguna Beach for which he provided the narration for 20 years. For more than 50 years, Mr. Ravenscroft was the affable voice of Tony the Tiger, TV’s popular cartoon pitchman for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
I did the commercials for Gillette during the World Series and at one point I had 27 different beer contracts.
All I have to do is walk into any crowd in the United States, I’ll bet you, and say, ‘G-rr-r-r-e-a-a-at!’ and everyone would turn around and say, ‘Tony!’
The good lord gave me a very unusual voice, and gave me the opportunity to learn how to use it.
To me, that’s when music was music. Every studio had a full symphonic orchestra and a whole bunch of singers they used on every picture. Every radio show had singers on it, and NBC and CBS had their own staff orchestras. Music was everything. And it was good music; it wasn’t based on three chords.
It was hard to know if anything, any one particular thing, increased my career or not.