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Joseph Sirola, Fantastic Four's First TV Doctor Doom, Passes Away

Doctor Doom in the 1967 Fantastic Four animated series

Joseph Sirola, Tony Award-winning producer known and a longtime actor known as " The King of the Voice-Overs," passed away Sunday due to complications from respiratory failure. He was 89.

Sirola, who studied acting at Hunter College in New York City, voiced Doctor Doom on Hanna-Barbera's 1967 animated series Fantastic Four. He also appeared in episodes The Green Hornet, Wonder Woman, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Get Smart, and starred in the 1974 NBC series The Magician in 1974 with Bill Bixby.

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Sirola's film and television credits also include Strange Bedfellows, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Hang 'em HighHawaii Five-O, The Andy Griffith Show, Quincy, M.E., The Rockford Files and NYPD Blue. The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Golden Rainbow, Pal Joey and My Fair Lady are among his Broadway roles. He continued in theater later in life as a producer.

With his distinctive voice, Sirola served as a spokesman for brands as diverse as Boar's Head meats, NYQuil, Wendy's, General Electric and Ford. He appeared in so many commercials that The Wall Street Journal dubbed him "The King of the Voice-Overs."

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Sirola is survived by his longtime companion Claire Gozzo, his daughter, Dawn; granddaughters Eva, Isabel and Sofia; goddaughter Curran; nephew Stewart; and nieces Susan and Andre.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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