Bob McFadden

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Bob McFadden
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Born 19 January 1923
East Liverpool, Ohio, USA
Died January 7, 2000(2000-01-07) (aged 76)
Delray Beach, Florida, USA

Robert "Bob" McFadden (January 19, 1923 ‒ January 7, 2000) was an American singer, impressionist, and voice-over actor perhaps best known for his many contributions to animated cartoons.

His most popular television cartoon characters included Milton the Monster from the ABC series, The Milton The Monster Show; Cool McCool from the NBC series, Cool McCool; and Snarf from the syndicated series, ThunderCats.

McFadden was also the voice behind numerous radio and television commercial parts including Franken Berry in the animated commercials for the General Mills Franken Berry cereal as well as the pet parrot who cackled "ring around the collar" in the TV commercials for Wisk laundry detergent.[1]

Musical career[edit]

While in the United States Navy during World War II, he began performing as a singer and impressionist. After the war, he went on to work at a steel mill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and continued performing nights as an opening act for artists such as Harry Belafonte. In 1959, he appeared as a singer with folk music artist, Rod McKuen, on the Brunswick Records album entitled Songs Our Mummy Taught Us which included the two tracks, "The Mummy" and "The Beat Generation", also released as a single.

Voice Acting[edit]

When McFadden moved to New York after his work in Pittsburgh, he obtained extensive voice-over work in both commercials and animation.

In 1963, McFadden released the Audio Fidelity Records parody album entitled Fast, Fast, Fast Relief From TV Commercials followed by the 1968 Columbia Records spoken-word album, The Medium Is the Massage.[2] In 1977, McFadden voiced the character, Chugs, in the animated TV Easter special, The Bunny Is Comin' To Town.

Roles

Movies

  • 1966 - The Soupy Sales Hour - Various Roles
  • 1967 - The Wacky World of Mother Goose - Additional Voices
  • 1972 - The Enchanted World Of Danny Kaye - The Emperors' New Clothes - Jasper
  • 1974 - The Year Without A Santa Claus - Jingle
  • 1977 - The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town - Chuggs
  • 1979 - Rudolf & Frosty Christmas in July - Additional Voices
  • 1980 - Pinocchio's Christmas - Cricket
  • 1981 - The Bernstein Bears Easter Special - Boss Bunny
  • 1985 - The Life & Adventures of Santa Clause -Tingler
  • 1985 - Thundercats Ho - Lynx-O/Snarf/Slithe
  • 1986 - Flight of The Dragons - Sir Smythe/Gorbosh The Dragon
  • 1987 - Wind In The Willows - Magistrate

TV

  • 1965 - Astromutt - Astromutt/Oscar
  • 1965-1966 - Milton the Monster - Various Roles
  • 1966 - Cool McCool - Cool McCool/Dr. Madcap/Larry McCool
  • 1966 - Journey to the Bottom of the Sea - Invader
  • 1972-1973 - ABC Afternoon Superstar Movies - Barron Von Frankenstein/Additional Voices
  • 1980 - Drawing Power - Additional Voices
  • 1983 - The Coneheads - Louie Boucher
  • 1980 - Gnomes - Kostya the Nome
  • 1980 - I Go Pogo - Howland Owl/Bothered Bat
  • 1985-1989 - Thundercats - Snarf/Ma-Mutt/Slithe/Driller/Grune The Destroyer/Tug-Mug/Topspinner/Snarfer/Wolo/Mole Master/Twotme/Polly/Quick Pick/Char/Dr. Dometone/Captain Bragg/Gumble/Bundum/Living Ooze/Burnout/Char-Nin/Dirge/Enflamer/Mircuit Leader/Mad Bubbler/Madfet/Mongor/Mr. Gubber/Mule/Screwloose/Territor/Zaxx/Tusktor/Trollog/Thunderian Guard/Captain Shiner/Guard/Cave Dweller
  • 1986 - Sliverhawks - Commander Stargazer/Steelwill/Yesman/Hardware/Condor/Flashback

Shorts

  • 1966 - Haunted Housecleaning - Oscar
  • 1966- The Defiant Giant - George the Giant
  • 1966 - Scuba Duba Do - Fennimore
  • 1966 - Va-Room Service - Additional Voices
  • 1966 - Mighty Heroes - Oscar/Gadmouse
  • 1967 - The Squawk Peg - Geronimo/Say-Ah the Medicine Man/Foback/Big Yawn
  • 1967 - Clean Sweep - Policeman/Repairman
  • 1967 - Mouse Trek - Cat
  • 1967 - The Fuz - The Cat
  • 1967 - Judos Kudos - Sad Cat/Fennimore/Lenimore
  • 1968 - Grand Prix Winner - Sad Cat/Fennimore/Lenimore/Super Ego/Announcer
  • 1968 - All Teed Off - Fennimore
  • 1968 - The Abominable Mountaineers - Fennimore
  • 1968 - Loops and Swoops - Sad Cat/Fennimore/Lenimore
  • 1969 - Scientific Sideshow - Oscar
  • 1969 - Balloon Snatcher - Oscar
  • 1970 - The Proton Pulsator - Oscar/Gadmouse
  • 1971 - Oscar's Birthday Present - Oscar
  • 1974 - Twas The Night Before Christmas - Additional Voices
  • 1976 - The Little Drummer Boy Book II - Additional Voices
  • 1977 - The Four Kings - Beaver
  • 1981 - The Leprechaun Christmas Gold - Additional Voices

Later life[edit]

McFadden continued to work until the late 1980s until he was forced to retire due to failing health. On January 7, 2000, he died in Delray Beach, Florida, at the age of 76.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morley, Hugh R. "ROBERT `BOB' MCFADDEN; VOICE OF TV COMMERCIALS", The Record (Bergen County), January 10, 2000. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Robert 'Bob' McFadden, a former Leonia resident and show business stalwart who made his name doing radio and television voice-overs and impressions of famous people, died Friday, his family said. He was 76."
  2. ^ The Medium Is the Massage credits, 2011. Five Day Weekend FDW7711-CD
  3. ^ Morley, Hugh R. "ROBERT `BOB' MCFADDEN; VOICE OF TV COMMERCIALS", The Record (Bergen County), January 10, 2000. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Robert 'Bob' McFadden, a former Leonia resident and show business stalwart who made his name doing radio and television voice-overs and impressions of famous people, died Friday, his family said. He was 76."

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