Actor Gary Owens, known for his work on radio and TV, passed away at 80 in his Los Angeles home, according to Variety.
Owens contributed to more than 3,000 cartoons, including 1966’s Space Ghost and Roger Jamjet. He appeared as himself in animated shows like Garfield and Friends, The Fantastic Four, Eek the Cat and Bobby’s World and lent his writing skills to the hit comedy CDs Rocky & Bullwinkle, Fractured Flickers and The Nuthouse. He was an announcer on Sesame Street starting from the show’s debut in 1969.
In addition to his voice work, Owens was an announcer on NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. He hosted Music of Your Life Network, a national radio show, as well as KMPC, KFI, KIIS FM, KFWB and KKGO in Los Angeles and KEWB in San Francisco.
He began his career in Mitchell, South Dakota as a radio newscaster before moving to Hollywood in 1961, where he started his career in television.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and sons Scott Owens and Chris Dane Owens.
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