In outer space cartoons, Don Messick created noises and sounds for weird space creatures and aliens. His Ranger Smith voice was often heard as various space villains. His narrator voice was given to Vapor Man, , The Perilous Paper Doll Man, and .
One of the most prolific and versatile voice actors of the 20th century, Don Messick voiced such iconic childhood favorites as Scooby-Doo, Boo Boo, Astro, Papa Smurf and dozens of other roles for Hanna-Barbera's stable of animated television programs, as well as other companies. He began his career as a ventriloquist before attempting to break into show business via television puppet shows. When the format was phased out in the early 1950s, Messick turned to the major animation studios, briefly voicing Droopy before teaming with Daws Butler on most of Hanna-Barbera's best-known series. In addition to his major characters, Messick also narrated many shows while also providing background voices and vocal sound effects for hundreds of episodes. The various iterations of Scooby-Doo kept Messick busy until the 1990s, when he retired from voice acting following a stroke in 1996. Messick's death in 1997 was mourned by the best and brightest in his field, which recalled his work as an inspiration to animation performers, creators and fans everywhere.
During his long career, Frank has gotten to work with many creative and talented people, such as the late Don Messick, the original voice of Scooby, a role now performed by Frank.
In , he was the voice of Spot the cat, a faithful sidekick who was the one who foiled the villain's plans, though he let the clueless title character take the glory. In 1977, Don Messick lent his vocal talents to several characters in the first animated adaptation of by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Below is an excerpt from an interview
in which Don spoke of his friendship with Daws Butler.
NOTE: This interview with Don Messick was conducted in August 1994 for a magazine
story that was commissioned then canceled. Items marked with Xs are usually for
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