Danny Dark

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Danny Dark
Born Daniel Melville Croskery
(1938-12-19)December 19, 1938
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died June 13, 2004(2004-06-13) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Drury University
Occupation Voice actor, voice-over performer, announcer
Years active 1958–2004
Spouse(s) Jobee Croskery (1991–2004) (his death)
Children a son, Jonas; four daughters, Sydney, Caroline, Catherine and Elizabeth, grandchildren; Jason, Danny, Dalton, and Cyrus

Danny Dark (December 19, 1938 – June 13, 2004) was widely acknowledged in the commercial industry as the voice-over king. For nearly four decades, he embedded pop culture with memorable lines in advertisements for Budweiser ("This Bud's for you"), Raid Ant & Roach Killer ("Raid- Kills Bugs Dead") and StarKist Tuna ("Sorry, Charlie"). The trade paper Radio & Records said, "Dark's distinctive voice has been heard in more award-winning commercials than any announcer in broadcast history."

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Danny Dark was born Daniel Melville Croskery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but his family moved to Tulsa shortly after.[1] He started in Missouri as a radio D.J. in the late 1950s, while studying at Drury University. Danny Dark quickly advanced to stations in Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, finally landing a 1963-66 stint as the evening DJ for KLAC in Los Angeles.

Notable voice over work[edit]

Over the course of his career, Dark was the spokesman for Keebler Cookies, Camaro, AT&T, K-Mart, Texaco, Armor-All, Whitman's Chocolates, Dreyer's Ice Cream, and many other Blue Chip companies. Dark was the voice of the long-running TV western Bonanza, voicing their intermission commercials for the program's sponsor, Chevrolet. Dark was an announcer who came to be known as the "voice" of the CBS network during the 1970s and later, on the NBC television network during the 1980s and early 1990s, doing promo advertisements for night-time programming, as well as an announcer for NBC's flagship station, WNBC-TV, and the imaging voice for many of the network's affiliates and O&O stations for their local newscasts.[citation needed] He also voiced the NBC News 1983 "Go Where The News Is" advertising campaign.

Danny Dark voiced the role of Superman/Clark Kent for twelve years, from 1973 to 1985, in each of the various incarnations of Hanna-Barbera's animated series Super Friends. He also narrated historical documentaries for the Biographical series on History Channel, including Johnny Cash: The Man in Black, and General Robert E. Lee.

Dark's only movie roles were in the 1976 film Tunnel Vision and as an announcer in 1980's Melvin and Howard starring Jason Robards.

Death[edit]

Dark died in Los Angeles of a pulmonary hemorrhage and was interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ His obituary in Variety states that his birthplace is Oklahoma City
  2. ^ Danny Dark obituary in The New York Times

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