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Casey Kasem (1932-2014)

by Jerry Beck
June 15, 2014 11:50 AM
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Well known radio host and cartoon voice actor Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem passed away this morning in a hospital in Seattle of natural causes. He was best known as a radio personality (American Top 40) - but best better remembered as a prolific voice actor in dozens of animated cartoons.

Chief among his performances was that of of "Shaggy" in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009. Kasem had done numerous voices for Sesame Street; provided the voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass' Here Comes Peter Cottontail; provided the voices of Robin on Super Friends, Alex in Josie and The Pussycats; Mark of Battle of the Planets, and a number of characters for the Transformers cartoon series of the 1980s. Most recently he did the voice of Shaggy's father in the 2010 TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

Casey also co-hosted many of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethons during the 1980s - here's a clip of Casey doing "Shaggy" on camera for the cause: 

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  • Nic Kramer | June 15, 2014 6:46 PMReply

    I remember listening to him several times on the radio in the late '90's and his annual Christmas show. Of course being a big "Sesame Street" fan I remeber watching the animated segments he provided voices for that debut during the first and second season that ran up until the late '90's. My favorite being the "T for Television" segment where he sang off-key. I tried to put the link up here, but this stupid spammer protection thing won't let me do it.

  • Justin | June 15, 2014 4:50 PMReply

    Rest in peace, Casey. I grew up with you on "Scooby-Doo" and "Here Comes Peter Cottontail."

  • Edwin | June 15, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    Counting down to number one, farewell my friend.

  • DarylT | June 15, 2014 12:35 PMReply

    Rest in peace Shaggy

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