Thurl Ravenscroft

Thurl Ravenscroft


2/6/1914, Norfork, Nebraska, USA



Birth Name

Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft



Also Known As

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Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft was born on February 6th, 1914 and grew up to inherit a one of a kind baritone voice. He will always be connected with the voice of "Tony the Tiger" since he was Tony's voice for over 50 years and came up the the famous…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Thurl won the Winsor McCay Award in 2004.

    • Thurl sang the mournful song, "No Dogs Allowed", in the feature film Snoopy Come Home in 1972.

    • The first radio program that Thurl appeared on was a program called "Goose Creek Parson" in the early 1930's.

    • Thurl sang backup as part of the Johnny Mann Singers for Bing Crosby in the late 1930's and can be heard on 28 of Bing's albums. Also, while with the Johnny Mann Singers, Thurl got to perform at the White House.

    • Thurl was the narrator for the famous Laguna Beach "Festival Of Arts Pageant Of The Masters" in California for twenty years.

    • Thurl got his name from a friend of his father. His father thought the name Thurl went well with his last name of Ravenscroft.

    • Thurl helped form the singing group, The Sportsmen Quartet, and they were featured on several well known radio programs including Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, and Rudy Vallee.

    • Thurl's first steady job was as a singer in a quartet and he earned $40 a week.

    • From the early 1980s through the late 1990s, Thurl was the narrator for The Glory of Christmas, presented at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.

    • Though Thurl went to California to study interior design at Otis Art Institute, a gentleman named Sir Guy Standing encouraged Thurl to get into show business after noticing his flair for comedy at a party he attended.

    • Thurl sang on the soundtrack for the popular musical South Pacific and the album was one of the best sellers when it was released in the 1950's.

    • Thurl is buried in the Memorial Gardens at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.

    • Thurl was married to his wife of 53 years, June Ravenscroft, until her death in 1999. They had 2 children, Ron and Nancy.

    • Though Thurl sang the song "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch" in the special How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he was omitted in the end credits of the show and Hanna/Barbera took out a full page ad in the magazine Variety to correct the mistake.

    • Thurl flew important "courier" missions as a civilian airline pilot for the War Department in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Some notable people he piloted for were Bob Hope and Winston Churchhill.

    • Thurl provided the voices for Tangaroa the God and Fritz the German Parrot at the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland.

    • Thurl was part of the barbershop group The Mellomen. While with the group, Thurl got to sing backup for several big name entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney.

    • Not only sings in Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction, but he appears, too. Thurl performs in the graveyard as one of the busts singing "Grim Grinning Ghosts." He's the broken one who is often mistaken for Walt Disney.

    • Thurl provided the voice of Buff the Buffalo for Disney's Country Bear Jamboree.

  • Quotes

    • Thurl: When Kellogg's brought up the idea of the tiger, they sent me a caricature of Tony to see if I could create something for them. After messing around for some time I came up with the `Grrrrreeeat!' roar, and that's how it's been since then.

    • Thurl: I'm the only man in the world that has made a career with one word: Grrrrreeeat!

    • Thurl Ravenscroft: (On working on "Lady and the Tramp") The most fun we ever had was singing barbershop for Tramp and the other dogs. Walt wanted the dogs to sing 'Home Sweet Home' from their prison cell -- a kennel. But we had to sound like dogs, not people singing like dogs.

  • He was grrrrrreat!

    I miss Thurl Ravenscroft quite dearly. He was the voice of Tony the Tiger. He had also done a lot of projects for Walt Disney. You can even hear him in many Disneyland attractions! In the Enchanted Tiki Room, he is the voice of Fritz the German Parrot. In the Haunted Mansion, he is seen one of the singing busts. In the Country Bear Jamboree, he is the voice of Buff the Buffalo Head. Thurl was even honored as a Disney Legend! He was also the one who sang, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". RIP, Thurl Ravenscroft! We'll never forget you!moreless