Don Messick

Trivia and Quotes

Quotes (4)

  • Don: I never had mike fright. I was always fond of performing at the microphone and in front of a live audience, too.

  • Don: In the earlier days of limited animation, because of that process, Joe (Barbara) and Bill (Hanna) wanted to depend heavily on the voice of the character to bring it to life because the animation was so restricted. That's where Daws (Butler) and I shined, I guess you might say. That's the reason that those characters developed with such realism and warmth. They have a genuine charm to them despite the limited backgrounds and so forth. The concentration was on the characters, their spoken personalities.

  • Don: Ventriloquism got me started doing different voices... I never did impersonations. I just developed my own characters, having discovered the versatility of my vocal cords.

  • Don: I've always been very grateful to people such as Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera and Daws Butler. There have been so many people I've enjoyed working for and with. I've been fortunate.

Trivia (24)

  • When Bill Thompson left MGM circa 1955, Don Messick took over voicing work for the cartoon Droopy.

  • Don had his own radio show at the age of 15.

  • Don was performing a ventriloquist act at the age of 13 for audiences in rural areas of the Eastern Shore with aid of his dummy, Kentworth DeFrost.

  • Don's father was accidentally killed on the job just as Don's radio career was starting.

  • Don Messick and Daws Butler did the voices for the first animated series for Hanna Barbara for television called Ruff and Reddy.

  • On October 12, 1996, Joe Barbara put together a retirement party for the ailing Don Messick and even though Don could not make complete sentences and his voice was slurred by the stroke that he had, he could still do Scooby Doo and used Scooby's voice to talk for that evening.

  • Don could and would often do several characters on a show could switch back and forth between characters so well that he often made people think that there was someone else with him acting out a part when it was actually Don doing all the parts himself.

  • After Don got out of the Army in 1947, he started making the rounds and performing at radio stations in Los Angeles, CA area. This is when he ran into future best friend and partner in cartoon voice overs, Daws Butler, who was doing the same thing after getting out of the Navy.

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