Gary Owens Biography (1936-)

Born May 10, 1936, in Mitchell, SD; son of Bernard Joseph (a country treasurer and sheriff) and Venetta (a county auditor and educator; maiden name, Clark) Owens; married Arleta Lee Markell; children: Scott Michael, Christopher Dane (a producer). Addresses: Office: Kazarian Spencer & Associates,11365 Ventura Blvd., Suite 100, Studio City, CA 91604; International CreativeManagement, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 155, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Gender
Male
Occupation
actor, writer, Radio announcer, television performer
Birth Details
May 10, 1936
Mitchell, South Dakota

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice of title character, Roger Ramjet (animated), syndicated, 1965
  • Television newscaster, The Green Hornet, ABC, 1966-67
  • Voice of Space Ghost and narrator, Space Ghost and Dino Boy (animated), CBS, 1968
  • Announcer, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (also known as Laugh-In), NBC, 1968-73
  • Announcer, Letters to Laugh-In, NBC, 1969-70
  • Narrator, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (animated), CBS, 1969-71
  • Voice of Blue Falcon, Laff-a-Lympics (animated), 1969
  • Announcer, Sesame Street, PBS, 1969-
  • Announcer, The Electric Company, 1969-?
  • Announcer, The Hudson Brothers Show (also known as The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show), CBS, 1974
  • Voice, Dynomutt (animated), ABC, 1975
  • Host, Monty Python's Flying Circus, 1975
  • Host, The Gong Show, ABC, 1976-77
  • Voice of Blue Falcon, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (animated), ABC, 1976-77
  • Voice of Blue Falcon, Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics (animated),ABC, 1977-78
  • Voice of Radley Crowne/The Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder (animated), 1978
  • Announcer, Yogi's Space Race (animated), NBC, 1978-79
  • Narrator, Godzilla's Power Hour (animated), 1979
  • Announcer, Games People Play, 1980-81
  • Voice of Space Ghost, Space Stars (animated; includes the segmentsSpace Ghost, Teen Force, The Herculoids, and Astro and the Space Mutts), NBC, 1981-82
  • No Soap, Radio, ABC, 1982
  • Announcer, Breakaway, 1983
  • Narrator, Mighty Orbots (animated), 1984
  • The World's Greatest Adventures, 1986
  • Voice of Dirk Niblick, Square One (also known as Square One TV), 1987
  • Voice of announcer and additional voices, Garfield and Friends (animated), CBS, 1988
  • Cops, 1990
  • Captain Squash, Bobby's World (animated), 1990
  • Voice of narrator, Dinosaurs, 1991
  • Voice of Powdered Toast Man, The Ren and Stimpy Show (animated), 1991
  • Additional voices, Eek! the Cat (animated; also known as Eek! and the Terrible Thunderlizards and Eek!stravaganza), 1992
  • Voice of Commander Feral, S.W.A.T. Kats: The Radical Squadron (animated), 1993
  • Additional voices, The Twisted Adventures of Felix the Cat (animated), CBS, 1995
  • Additional voices, Batman: Gotham Knights (animated; also known asThe New Adventures of Batman), The WB, 1997
  • Also appeared as announcer, Bewitched; announcer, The WonderfulWorld of Disney; narrator, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (animated); voice of school principal, Two Stupid Dogs (animated); additional voices, Tom and Jerry Kids Show (animated); principal Schneider,Nightmare Ned (animated); additional voices, Mask (animated);announcer, The Banana Splits (animated); and in The Three Musketeers; Alice in Wonderland; The Count of Monte Cristo; Billand Ted's Great Adventure; Bonkers; 20,000 Leagues under the Sea; Mickey Mouse; Donald Duck; Goofy; Chip 'n' Dale; Tom and Jerry, Jr.; Dirk Niblick; and Skeleton Warriors.
  • Specials
  • Narrator, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman, 1975
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope for President, NBC, 1980
  • Announcer, The Sunday Games, 1980
  • Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular, CBS, 1985
  • The American Comedy Awards, 1986-94
  • Announcer, Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary, ABC, 1987
  • Announcer, Game Show Biz, syndicated, 1987
  • Announcer, Disney's DTV Monster Hits (animated), NBC, 1987
  • NBC Investigates Bob Hope, NBC, 1987
  • Mancini and Friends, PBS, 1987
  • Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters and Friends, Showtime, 1989
  • Announcer, Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand!, syndicated, 1990
  • Voice, Eek! The Cat Christmas Special (animated), Fox, 1993
  • Jonathan Winters: Spaced Out, Showtime, 1993
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1993
  • Also appeared in Like Hep; The Muppets Go Hollywood; NBC's Fifty Years; The Battle of Beverly Hills; Saturday Night atthe Superbowl; Perry Como Visits Hollywood; The Gary Owens All-Nonsense News Network; CBS's Fifty Years; America's Choice;Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday; Flip Wilson Specials; and as TVannouncer, Garfield's Halloween Adventure (animated).
  • Pilots
  • Henry, Summer Fun, ABC, 1966
  • Episodic
  • War correspondent, McHale's Navy, 1963
  • Voice, "The Binky Show," Garfield and Friends (animated), 1988
  • The Wonderfully Wacky Willy White, "Home Radio," The Super Mario Bros.Super Show! (animated), 1989
  • Voice, "It Must Be True!," Garfield and Friends (animated), 1989
  • Deejay, "Auntie Maim," Night Court, NBC, 1990
  • Voice, "Origin of the Fantastic Four: Parts 1 & 2" (also known as "Fantastic Four"), Marvel Action Hour, syndicated, 1994
  • Himself, "Dream Weaver," Mad about You, NBC, 1996
  • 50s Batman, "Legend of the Dark Knight," Batman: Gotham Knights (animated), The WB, 1998
  • Himself, "Warren," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network, 1998
  • Guy who thinks he's Gary Owens, "Good Will Haunting," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1998
  • Announcer, "The Pill," That '70s Show, Fox, 1999
  • Narrator, "Water Tower," That '70s Show, Fox, 1999
  • Announcer, "The Good Son," That '70s Show, Fox, 1999
  • Also appeared as voice of Radley Crowne/The Blue Falcon, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (animated); announcer, "Late Show," Space Ghost Coastto Coast, Cartoon Network; narrator, "Really Mighty Ducks," Quack Pack (animated); broadcaster and clown, "Krumm Rises to the Top," Aaahh! Real Monsters (animated), Nickelodeon; in Droopy Master Detective (animated); and Ashley (animated), Cartoon Network.
  • Film Appearances
  • Voice of narrator of prologue, The Naked Witch, 1964
  • Naval officer, McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force, Universal, 1963
  • The Green Hornet, 1966
  • The Love Bug, Buena Vista, 1969
  • Little Joe, Midnight Cowboy, 1969
  • (Uncredited) Voice of narrator, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, 1972
  • The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Narrator, Loose Shoes (also known as Coming Attractions andQuackers), 1980
  • Newscaster, Hysterical, 1983
  • National Lampoon's European Vacation, 1985
  • Voice of narrator, Aliens, Dragons, Monsters and Me, 1986
  • Himself, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Voice of game show announcer, Destroyer (also known as The Edison Effect and Shadow of Death), 1988
  • Sports announcer, How I Got into College, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Say Bye Bye, 1989
  • Minister, Diggin' Up Business, 1990
  • Kill Crazy, 1990
  • Himself, Gone Fish'n, 1993
  • Voice of narrator, Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora, Rhino Video, 1994
  • M.C. for Rancor Extortion video, Spy Hard, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Mr. Kirby, Border to Border, Independent Artist, 1998
  • Radio Appearances
  • The Gary Owens Special Report, syndicated, 1969-
  • Soundtrack of the 60s, syndicated, 1981-
  • Biff Owens Sports Exclusive, 1981-
  • USA Today, Mutual Broadcasting System, 1982-83
  • Gary Owens Supertracks, syndicated, 1984-
  • Gary Owens Music Weekend, Lorimar Telepictures, 1987-
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Sunday Morning with the Comics, Reprise, 1970
  • The Marx Brothers, Decca, 1970
  • Gary Owens's Put Your Head on My Finger, MGM-Pride, 1973
  • The Presidents, 1973
  • The Wit and Wisdom of Dan Quayle, 1989
  • The Cosby Wit, 1990
  • Recorded numerous other albums, including Themes Like Old Times and Gary Owens Presents the Funny Side of Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Videos
  • More Dinosaurs, 1986
  • Kill Crazy, 1990
  • Aliens, Dragons, Monsters, and Me, 1992
  • The World's Greatest Dinosaur Video, 1993
  • Gone Fishing, 1993
  • Narrator, Look Back, Rhino Home Video, 1994
  • Other videos include Dinosaurs; Son of Dinosaurs; TV's Greatest Bits; and How to Collect Comic Books.
  • CD-ROM
  • Recorded Space Quest IV and Space Quest VI.
  • WRITINGS
  • Books
  • Elephants, Grapes, and Pickles (humor), Price, Stern (Los Angeles), 1963
  • The Gary Owens Know What to Do While You're Holding the Phone Book(humor), J. P. Tarcher (Los Angeles), 1973
  • A Gary Owens Chrestomathy of Silliness, Harte-Hanks, 1980
  • The Gary Owens Encyclopedia of Broadcasting, Harte-Hanks, 1981
  • Other
  • Author of the unproduced screenplay Three Caraway Seeds and an Author's Agent, 1979. Author of the syndicated column "Sounding Off with Gary Owens," 1967-68; author of "Gary Owens, Gary Owens," a column in Radio and Records, 1978--; columnist for Hollywood Citizen-News, 1965-67, andHollywood, 1983--. Contributor to magazines, newspapers, and wire services, including Associated Press.

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