Daws Butler

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Born: Nov, 1916 AD
Died: 1988 AD, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Voice Actor


US Voice Actor

 

Born- 1916- Toledo- Ohio

 

early -mid 1940's-  After two years in the Navy during World War II, during which he met and married Myrtis Martin of Albemarle, N.C. (whose next-door neighbor provided the inspiration for what would later become the southern drawl of Huckleberry Hound), Butler ferried his wife and son out to Hollywood. He finally broke into radio, performing in dramatic as well as comedy programs and specializing in dialects and a wide range of vocal characterizations.

 

 

mid-1940s- His first major success, came at MGM. Tex Avery hired Butler to provide narration work for several of his cartoons. In many cartoons there was a nameless wolf who spoke in a southern accent and whistled all the time. Butler provided the voice for this wolf. While at MGM, Avery wanted Butler to try to do the voice of Droopy Dog, a character that Bill Thompson regularly voiced. Butler performed the voice for a few cartoons, but he then told Avery about Don Messick, another voice actor and Butler's life-long friend. Messick quickly became a legendary voice actor.

 

early 1950s- At Capitol Records in the , Butler and Freberg co-wrote and co-voiced a comedy record takeoff on the TV show "Dragnet," called "St. George and the Dragonet." Not only was Jack Webb flattered and amused by the record, but it was the first comedy record to sell more than a million copies. Butler's and Freberg's partnership produced several other comedy platters beloved by disc jockeys across the country, even today.

 

1949-54- "Time For Beany"

 

from 1950's-1960's- Daws Butler gave voice to the following characters, this is not a complete list-

Reddy the dog, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw,Baba Looey,Loopy De Loop Dixie Mouse, Mr. Jinks, Super Snooper and Blabber Mouse, Fibber Fox, Aesop's Son (in the "Aesop and Son" segment of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), Wimpy (from the Popeye cartoons), Augie Doggie, Hokey Wolf

Wally Gator, Alfie Gator, Peter Potamus, Lippy the Lion, Elroy Jetson, Cogswell, Henry Orbit, Captain Skyhook

Rock Slag, Big Gruesome, Red Max, Sgt. Blast, Peter Perfect, Ruffus Ruffcut, Scooby-Dum, Bingo

 

1955- Daws did struggle for a while. Many producers and directors refused to believe that he could still do cartoon voices. They told him, "We're not doing anything with puppets anymore!" So Daws sent out letters to 100-200 Hollywood producers, telling them that he had talent to do voices and he could also write comic material. The remarkable thing was that he did not use a mimeograph or photocopier (the latter technology being unavailable at the time). Daws actually wrote out each and every one of those 100+ letters individually.

 

1958- Butler embarked on yet another inspired partnership, with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at Hanna-Barbera Productions. There, beginning in the late 50s, Butler created his most famous cartoon characterizations, aided and abetted by another gifted voice actor, Don Messick-Boo Boo and Ranger Smith

Butler did Yogi Bear and Pixie the Mouse to Messick's Dixie, among others.

 

During his longest- standing creative collaboration, the 30-odd years with Hanna-Barbara Productions, Daws Butler performed in the neighborhood of 40 different characters. In the years that followed his death, seven actors were required to replace them all.

 

1960s to the 1980s- Butler would voice most of these characters, in both TV shows and in some commercials. The breakfast cereal mascot Cap'n Crunch became an icon of sorts on Saturday morning TV through many commercials produced by Jay Ward.

 

1961- Most think, he is only second to Mel Blanc. In fact, he substituted for Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble

(while the former recovered from a serious car accident) in 5 episodes- "Droop Along Flintstone",

"Fred Flintstone Woos Again", "The Hit Song Writers", "The Rock Quarry Story" and "The Little White Lie".

 

Some of his later Voice acting,

Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears- (1988) (voice) .... Yogi Bear

Dink, The Little Dinosaur- (1989) TV Series (voice) .... Tiny

Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends- (1990) TV Series (voice) .... Various Characters

 

 

 

 

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