Chuck McCann, a prolific voice actor, comedian, and author, has passed away at the age of 83 from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times confirmed Sunday.
Born to a singing band leader in Brooklyn, McCann was a third-generation performer who began his career as a child actor on radio. By the age of 19, he had apprenticed on popular programs like Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie.
By the 1960s, children in New York were being raised on McCann's kid-friendly content, such as The Puppet Hotel, Let's Have Fun, The Great Bombo’s Magic Cartoon Circus, Chuck McCann’s Laurel & Hardy Show (he was well known for his impression of Oliver Hardy), and The Chuck McCann Show. He also made the foray into animation during this time by lending his voice to the James Bond parody cartoon Cool McCool, from Batman co-creator Bob Kane. McCann also became the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird for General Mills' Cocoa Puffs, which made its debut in 1958.
Over a career that spanned well over 50 years, McCann joined a number of genre projects, including the Pac-Man TV series (Blinky, Pinky), Snorks, The Jetsons, G.I. Joe (Leatherneck), A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (Cashmore), Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (Sugar Ray Lizard), DuckTales (Duckworth, Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Toxic Crusaders (Mayor Grody), TaleSpin (Dumptruck, Gibber, Rhino Goon), Animaniacs (Codger Eggbert), The Powerpuff Girls (Bossman, Jr., Skinny), The Tick (Filth #2), Dracula: Dead and Loving It (Inkeeper), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (Repairman), and the animated Marvel shows about Iron Man, Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. As recently as 2013-2016, McCann was voicing Moe on Adventure Time and the Amoeba Boys on the Powerpuff Girls reboot on Cartoon Network.
Here are just a few of the posts that surfaced on Twitter following the news of McCann's passing:
McCann is survived by his wife, Betty Fanning; his two daughters, Siobhan and Jennifer; and his son, Sean.