ALAN YOUNG (voice of SCROOGE McDUCK)
Alan Young (born November 19, 1919) is an actor best known for his role as Wilbur Post in the classic TV series Mister Ed, which ran from 1961 through 1966. He is also known for his roles as David and James Filby in the 1960 sci-fi classic, The Time Machine, based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Young would go on to have a cameo in the 2002 remake of this film, becoming the only actor to appear in both versions. Other early film credits of his include Margie (1946), Mr. Beldevere Goes to College (1949), and tom thumb (1958), and he played the title roles in the films Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick and Androcles and the Lion (both 1952). His later career includes appearances in the films The Cat from Outer Space (1978) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).
Young also became a prominent voiceover actor in his later career. He first voiced Scrooge McDuck for Disney in 1983 when the character was used in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the film Mickey’s Christmas Carol. He then went on to voice the character (as Scrooge McDuck) in the hit animated series DuckTales, beginning in 1987. After DuckTales ended in 1990, Young went on to voice Scrooge in several Disney TV shows and specials. His other voice credits include The Smurfs from 1982 through 1990 (as Scaredy Smurf, Farmer Smurf, and Miner Smurf), Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective in 1986 (as the voice of Hiram Flaversham) and Nickelodeon’s Ren & Stimpy (as Haggis MacHaggis).
Born Angus Young in England to Scottish parents, Young was raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and later in Canada. Although he was often bedridden due to severe asthma as a child, he became a radio performer by the age of 13. After making it big as a radio personality throughout the 30s and 40s, he decided to perform for television. In 1950, he starred in his own well-received but short-lived series, which earned him an Emmy Award the following year, as well as an Emmy nomination for Most Outstanding Personality.
RUSSI TAYLOR (voice of HUEY, DEWEY, LOUIE, and WEBBY)
Russi Taylor (born May 4, 1944) is a veteran voiceover actress. Characters which she has given voice to include: Strawberry Shortcake in various TV specials; Gonzo on Muppet Babies; Puppy and Smoogle on The Smurfs; Morning Glory and Rose Dust on My Little Pony and Friends; Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby on DuckTales; Widget on Widget, the World Watcher; Fergie Furbelow in Jetsons: The Movie; Martin Prince on The Simpsons; Rajah the tiger in Aladdin; Penny Tompkins on The Critic; Dutchess the Cat in Babe; and Bubbles on The Powderpuff Girls. She is the current voice of Minnie Mouse (as of 1987), and is married to Wayne Allwine, the current voice of Mickey Mouse!
TERRY McGOVERN (voice of LAUNCHPAD McQUACK and BABYFACE BEAGLE)
Terry McGovern (born May 11, 1942) is an actor and disc jockey known primarily for his voiceover work, which began with additional voice work on The Jetsons and voicing an announcer on George Lucas’ 1971 film THX 1138. It was while working on the latter that he created the term “wookie”, a word which Lucas would remember when he made Star Wars a few years later. McGovern would go on to voice Wildrider on The Transformers before voicing his most popular character, Launchpad McQuack, on Disney’s DuckTales and Darkwing Duck. (He also voiced Babyface Beagle on the former series.) He currently lends his voice to several video games, most notably those of the Star Wars franchise, produced by his friend George Lucas.
As an actor, McGovern has appeared in such films as Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973), the Dirty Harry film The Enforcer (1976, starring Clint Eastwood), Neal Israel’s Americathon (1979, starring John Ritter and Harvey Korman), Joel Schumacher’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981, starring Lily Tomlin), Joe Dante’s Innerspace (1987, starring Martin Short, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, and Robert Picardo), a segment of Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993, starring Robin Williams), Nine Months (1995, starring Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams), and Jack (1996, also starring Robin Williams). McGovern also had a role in the 1979 TV mini-series Blind Ambition and has made guest appearances on such classic TV series as Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Three’s Company, Benson, Newhart, The A-Team, St. Elsewhere, and The Jeffersons.
HAL SMITH (voice of GYRO GEARLOOSE and FLINTHART GLOMGOLD)
Hal Smith (August 24, 1916 – January 28, 1994) is a character actor best known for playing town drunkard Otis Campbell on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-67). Prior to this, he was Charlie on the series I Married Joan (1952-55) and one of the voices of Gumby on The Gumby Show (1957). He also appeared in such films as Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine), The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962), Critic’s Choice (1963, starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball), Son of Flubber (1963, starring Fred MacMurray), Blake Edwards’ The Great Race (1965, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966, starring Don Knotts), Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway (1972, starring Steve McQueen), Stanley Kramer’s Oklahoma Crude (1973, starring George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway), and 18 Again! (1988, starring George Burns).
He was also a prominent voice actor, with his most popular vocal role being the character of Owl on Disney’s Winnie the Pooh movies and TV series, a role he voiced from 1966 (in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree) through 1991 (on The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which began in 1988). Before this, he voiced the beloved character of Mr. Whittaker on the very popular radio kids program, Adventures in Odyssey. He also voiced Goofy in various cartoons (alternating with Jack Bailey) and Elmer Fudd in the character’s last Looney Tunes short, What’s My Lion, in 1961. He would go on to voice Fudd and other characters for the TV series, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour, in 1968. And of course, he also voiced the characters of feather-brained inventor Gyro Gearloose and canniving villain Flinthart Glomgold on Disney’s DuckTales (1987-90). He also voiced Moe in the 1986 animated film An American Tail and Philippe the horse in Disney’s 1991 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast.
Smith died of a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 77.
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