Julie Bennett, R.I.P.

We were sad to hear the news that versatile voice actor Julie Bennett passed away last week due to complications related to coronavirus. At the age of 88, she had an amazingly large body of work, not coincidentally because she started working around 1950.

While she voiced no end of characters, people might remember her best as Cindy Bear and also as Aunt May, but she not only had different voices, she wore different hats. Later in life, she was both a talent manager and a realtor. As Mark Evanier writes, she was skilled at adopting other identities.

Now we’re off to fire up some old Yogi Bear cartoons…

R.I.P., Terrance Dicks

Terrance Dicks
Terrance Dicks

While we play around with referencing “that show with the blue box” regularly here at Jabberwocky Audio Theater, said show was a huge influence on our idea of crafting adventure serials. Terrance Dicks, who has just passed away at age 84, was one the show principal crafters for years as well as being the writer of many novelizations.

There are remembrances from the BBC, the Guardian, and the Radio Times.

We’re thankful for all the journeys through time and space he took both us and untold other viewers on.

RIP, Russi Taylor

We were sad to read that Russi Taylor, veteran voice actor, has died at the age of 75. Taylor may be best remember by many of us as the voice of Minnie Mouse. In fact, she was married to the voice of Mickey Mouse for some time until he sadly passed in 2009. By all accounts, Taylor was great to work with. Writer and all-around pop culture historian Mark Evanier has a nice remembrance as well.

Of course, like just about all voice actors, Taylor was more than just the voice of Minnie as this great compilation shows:

Chuck McCann, R.I.P.

One of the reasons we do audio theater is that we love great voices, so it’s always sad when someone like Chuck McCann leaves us as he did last week at the age of 83.

You can read a good piece from AP, an article from the Hollywood Reporter, and the remembrance in the Mirror has some great photos. Writer Mark Evanier has a good story about Chuck McCann’s stories and why he’ll be missed by his friends.

For fans, they may think of how he was the first to be cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, some of his many cartoon voices, or perhaps more recently, his times on the Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd. Finally, also via a Mark Evanier post: