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Dick Beals, Voice Actor, 1927 – 2012

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Mark Evanier reports the passing of veteran voice actor Dick Beals at the age of 85. Beals suffered from a glandular disorder which resulted in his diminutive stature (standing at 4’7″) and a youthful voice that led to voice acting roles as children throughout his career. His best known voice acting roles include being the original voice of Gumby and the first voice of Davey in the Davey & Goliath cartoon series. He also provided the voice of Ralph Phillips, the young boy engaging in daydreaming flights of fancy in the Warner Bros. cartoons “From A to Z-Z-Z-Z” and “Boyhood Daze.”

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