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Scobby Doo, Papa Smurf
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Donald "Don" Messick (September 7, 1926 – October 24, 1997) was one of the most prolific voice actors of the second half of the 20th century. Messick, a native of Buffalo, New York, voiced several classic cartoon characters, including Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith and Boo Boo Bear, Muttley, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Astro, Zorak, Godzooky, Dr. Benton Quest, and Papa Smurf.
In 1996, Messick suffered a stroke while recording voices at a cartoon studio. It has been said that Messick turned pale, looked over at the director and said, "I can’t do this anymore," then stumbled out to his car and drove home. A week later, Messick’s agent sent word that he had retired. Messick suffered a second stroke and died on October 24, 1997. He was cremated. His ashes were scattered at the Point Lobos State Reserve in California.
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Donald Earl "Don" Messick (September 7, 1926 – October 24, 1997) was an American voice actor best known for his work for Hanna-Barbera. His best remembered vocal creations include Scooby-Doo, Bamm-Bamm Rubble and Hoppy in The Flintstones, Astro the dog in The Jetsons, Muttley the dog in Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Gears, Ratchet and Scavenger in The Transformers, Papa Smurf in The Smurfs, and Dr. Benton Quest in Jonny Quest. He also did the voice of Snip in the Rankin/Bass 1979 movie Jack Frost.
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