Robert Ridgely

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For the American ornithologist of the same name, see Robert Ridgely (ornithologist).
Robert Ridgely
Born December 24, 1931
New Jersey, USA
Died February 8, 1997(1997-02-08) (aged 65)
Toluca Lake, Los Angeles
California
Cause of death
Cancer
Occupation Actor and vocal artist

Robert Ridgely (December 24, 1931—February 8, 1997) was an American actor and vocal artist, known for both on-camera roles and extensive voice-over work.

Career[edit]

Ridgely started his acting career with guest roles in such 1960s television series as Maverick, Sea Hunt, Lawman, and Surfside 6. He landed a regular role as Lieutenant Kimbro in the short-lived World War II ABC series The Gallant Men. After the series was cancelled he continued with guest appearances in such programs as Bonanza, WKRP in Cincinnati, Night Court and Designing Women. He also appeared in many movies, especially Mel Brooks productions such as Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), Life Stinks (1991), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and also had roles in films such as Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Philadelphia (1993), Hard Eight (1996) and Boogie Nights (1997), and played Wally "Mr. Love" Williams, host of the fictional game show Easy Street in the 1980 movie Melvin and Howard. He was cast as the announcer of The Hollywood Television Showcase in the 1996 film, That Thing You Do.

In the late 1960s Ridgely acted as co-host to talk show host Woody Woodbury. He also appeared in many commercials, including a classic McDonalds commercial, staged as a Broadway production number, where he sings "There is nothin' so clean - as my burger machine". The commercial is available on YouTube.

Ridgely put his strong voice to use in voice-over roles in movies like Down and Dirty Duck (1974) and Oz (1980) and the video game Blazing Dragons (1996). He did a great deal of voice work on television as well. From 1985 until 1996, Ridgely was one of the main primetime show promo voiceovers at ABC. Among Ridgely's most easily recognizable voice roles were:

Ridgely played his final movie roles in Boogie Nights and Fire Down Below (both 1997).

A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Ridgely died of cancer at age 65 at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Robert Ridgely, 65, Film and TV Actor", The New York Times, February 16, 1997. Accessed December 4, 2013. "Mr. Ridgely, a native of Teaneck, N.J., began as a cabaret entertainer."

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Preceded by
Ron Ely
Actors to portray Tarzan
1976-1981
Succeeded by
Miles O'Keeffe