January 15, 2020

SATURDAY MORNING MASTERS: DAWS BUTLER


DAWS BUTLER
(November 16, 1916-May 18, 1988)

Notable Roles: Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Dixie, Mr. Jinks, Hokey Wolf, Reddy, Snagglepuss, Wally Gator, Peter Potamus, Quick Draw McGraw, Scooby Dum, Augie Doggie, Jonathan Wellington “Mudsy” Muddlemore, Elroy Jetson, W.C. Cogswell, Henry Orbit, Chilly Willy, Cap’n Crunch

Regarded as the nicest man in the business, Butler began his career as an impressionist, winning most of the amateur contests he entered as a means to help him combat his shyness. That led him to gain professional gigs at vaudeville theaters. He joined Jack Lavin and Willard Ovitz to form the comedy trio The Three Short Waves, who played theaters, radio and nightclub engagemtns. After serving in WWII, he voiced his first theatrical short Short Snorts on Sports for Screen Gems in 1948. Following that, he became a regular performer in shorts directed by Tex Avery for MGM and the Warner Bros. puppet show Time For Beany working with Stan Freberg. Butler worked on several commercials and comedy albums with Freberg, and also appearing on Freberg’s radio show. In 1957, he became a regular player for Hanna-Barbera beginning with The Ruff & Reddy Show, and worked often with Jay Ward Productions first in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and as the first voice for Cap’n Crunch in commercials. In 1975, Butler began an acting workshop that molded such stars as Nancy Cartwright, Corey Burton, Bill Farmer, Pat Parris, Bob Bergen, Mona Marshall and others. Butler died of a heart attack in 1988, and was succeeded by his protégé Greg Burson in many of his roles.

Saturday Credits:
The Ruff & Reddy Show
Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Space Kidettes
The Super 6
Wacky Races (1968)
Harlem Globe Trotters
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
Help!... It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!
The Funky Phantom
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
The Roman Holidays
The Houndcats
Bailey’s Comets
Yogi’s Gang
Hong Kong Phooey
Sesame Street
Scooby’s Laff-A-Lympics
Posse Impossible
CB Bears
The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour
The All-New Popeye Hour
Galaxy Goof-Ups
Yogi’s Space Race
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
Yogi’s Treasure Hunt

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