Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft has been a notable part of the voice acting society for a long time. His deep basso profundo voice has been heard in characters such as Tony the Tiger of the “Frosted Flakes” franchise, Captain the horse on “101 Dalmatians,” and Kirby the vacuum cleaner on “The Brave Little Toaster” franchise.
Before being a voice actor, however, Ravenscroft was a singer. He was part of a music group called “The Mellomen.” The musical group is a barbershop quartet composed of four. Its members in all its long years of entertainment were Ravenscroft himself, Bill Lee (whom I shall discuss on a later date,) Max Smith, Bob Hamlin, Bob Stevens, Bill Cole, and Gene Merlino. In fact, they have been heard in a few Disney movies, such as “Alice in Wonderland” (The Card Guards), “Peter Pan” (during the ‘What Made the Red Man Red’ song), “Lady and the Tramp” (The dog pound howls), and even the chorus of “The Jungle Book.” Ravenscroft was also the header for when the Mellomen performed as the busts in the “Haunted Mansion” attraction at Disneyland.
Ravenscroft was also a famous singer on his own. For a little special called, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” he sung the famous song, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” In the movie, “Snoopy Come Home,” he sung the deep toned song, “No Dogs Allowed.” He even sang in the movie “South Pacific,” as a character named Stew-Pot.
Thurl Ravenscroft’s deep voice is one that has long been remembered. When one hears his voice, they feel a warm sensation of nostalgia and timelessness. May he always be remembered.
Thurl Ravenscroft: February 6, 1914- May 22, 2005
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