Dallas McKennon, a prolific voice actor for more than 50 years in animated films and TV shows, died Tuesday morning at the age of 89.
McKennon was best known as the voice of Gumby, as well as Archie in the Filmation animated TV series and Buzz Buzzard in the Woody Woodpecker cartoons.
He also did voices and sang for many Disney projects, including Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
His voice also can be heard at Disney’s theme parks on such attractions as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as Ben Franklin in Epcot’s American Adventure and as Zeke in the Country Bear Jamboree.
McKennon died in Raymond, Washington.
My condolences go out to his family, friends and associates. He brought many of my favorite childhood characters to life. His wonderful talent will live on through his films and theme park attractions.