(NBC, September 13, 1986-December 5, 1987)
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Road Rovers was a
comedy/action-adventure series created by Tom Ruegger and Jeff Gordon, and developed by
them along with Bob Doucette,
Mark Seidenberg, Hyunsook Cho, Joey Banaszkiewicz, Bob Lizarraga, Joe Denton, Herb Moore, Brian Chin, Ron Roesch, Rhoydon Shishido, Bobbie Page, John Dubiel, Bob Foster and Scott Jeralds. The series began
with the sinister General Parvo (Jim
Cummings) kidnapping the beloved dog of scientist Professor William F.
Shepherd (Joseph Campanella) to exchange for his experimental transdogmafier
technology. However, that turned out to be a trap and Shepherd was given a bomb
instead. A year later, Parvo began using the transdogmafier to mutate common
household dogs into mutant soldiers to carry out his bidding and conquer the
world (it would eventually be revealed that Parvo himself was actually a
mutated housecat that ended up with a more human-looking form). Shepherd, who
survived the blast, had spent that year preparing to counter Parvo’s eventual
Our annual final round-up of those we lost that provided us with some of the many hours of entertainment on Saturday mornings. Because many of these people aren’t household names, we’re only finding out about and getting to honor them now. For others, this is our second and final farewell. See anyone we missed? Let us know.
Daniel de la Vega (January 3) – Animator and director. He worked on “The Mini-Munsters” for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, Emergency +4, Laff-A-Lympics, Fangface, Yogi’s Space Race, Challenge of the Superfriends, The New Shmoo, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Casper and the Angels, The World’s Greatest SuperFriends, ABC Weekend Specials, Heathcliff (1980), The Flintstones Comedy Show, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, The Smurfs, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Pirates of Dark Water, The Addams Family (1992), Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, Gargoyles, Timon & Pumbaa, Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, Jungle Cubs, Pepper Ann, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Mad Jack the Pirate, Hercules: The Animated Series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Tutenstein.
Tanya Roberts (January 4) – The former Bond girl was primarily an on-screen actor, but she did lend her voice as an author in an episode of Fillmore!
Val Bettin (January 7) – Actor. Provided the voice of the Sultan in Disney’s Aladdin franchise and Hamed in an episode of the Aladdin series; Sarks in an episode of Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series; Egon Pax in an episode of Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles; Sandford I. Paper in an episode of Pepper Ann; and King Tivius in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series.
Peter Greenwood (January 7) – Special effects technician, researcher, designer, voice actor and media consultant. He began at Hanna-Barbera Australia at a young age, including a stint as a cel painter on Popeye and Son. He voiced Sword Warrior and Mace Warrior in episodes of BeelteBorgs, Wolfgang Amadeus griller in an episode of Power Rangers Turbo and Aquafiend in an episode of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.
Tommy Lasorda (January 7) – Baseball manager and sometimes actor. He provided additional voices for an episode of Pink Panther and Sons.
Marion Ramsey (January 7) – Actor. Best known as Officer Hooks from the Police Academy series, she played the recurring role of D.I. Holler in The Addams Family (1992).
Brad Venable (January 7) – Actor. Voiced the referee and Park in episodes of Beyblade Burst and a monkey, a doorman and Thor in episodes of Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty.
Peter Mark Richman (January 14) – Actor. Played The Pharaoh on Electra Woman and Dyna Girl; Charles Baxter in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series; an aged Peter Parker/Spider-Man and provided additional voices in episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series; Abin Sur and a Guardian of the Universe in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series; and Winchell in an episode of Batman Beyond.
Dale Baer (January 15) – Animator. Served as a story director for The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Laverne & Shirley in the Army and The Smurfs, a storyboard artist on an episode of Mother Goose and Grimm and Animaniacs, and a prop designer for two episodes of Histeria!
Jim MacGeorge (January 16) – Actor and comedian. He reprised his role as Oliver Hardy from Hanna-Barbera’s earlier animated series for The New Scooby-Doo Movies as well as additional voices, voiced Wimper in Clue Club, Crazy Claws in The Kwicky Koala Show, Bort in an episode of The Mighty Orbots, and Captain Horatio Huffenpuff in Beany and Cecil (1988). He also provided voices for The Funky Phantom, Yogi’s Gang, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Yogi’s Space Race, The New Fred and Barney Show, Richie Rich, Foofur and The Smurfs.
Mark Wilson (January 19) – Magician, author and producer. Starred in and produced The Magic Land of Allakazam alongside his wife and one of his sons, which established him as one of the first television magicians and gave credibility to magic as televised entertainment, as well as inspired legions of future magicians.
Mira Furlan (January 20) – Actor. Best known for her role in Babylon 5, she also lent her voice as Silver Sable in episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
Hank Aaron (January 22) – Baseball’s all-time home run king. Appeared on an episode of Captain Kangaroo.
Ron Campbell (January 22) – Artist and animator. Worked on The Beatles, Cool McCool, Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor, The Adventures of Gulliver, Winky Dink and You!, Harlem Globe Trotters, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Sealab 2020, The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Inch High Private Eye, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Laff-A-Lympics, Sesame Street, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Yogi’s Space Race, Galaxy Goof-Ups, Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Heathcliff (1980), Space Stars, The Smurfs, ABC Weekend Specials, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, Rubik the Amazing Cube, Saturday Supercade, The Dukes, Pac-Man, Snorks, CBS Storybreak, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Camp Candy, Tiny Toon Adventures, Bobby’s World, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, Dumb and Dumber: The Series, Men in Black: The Series and Stuart Little: The Animated Series.
Marty Brill (January 23) – Comedian, writer, actor and musician. Appeared on an episode of Captain Kangaroo.
Larry King (January 23) – Television and radio host, who was often featured in and parodied through other media. Among his many appearances outside of his own programs he appeared as himself in two episodes of Sesame Street.
Cloris Leachman (January 26) – Actor. Best known from stage and screen, she branched out into voice acting in her later career including playing Granny Goodness in Justice League Action and Hool in Elena of Avalor.
Virgil Sanico (January 26) – Animator. Worked as a rough inbetweener on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Walker Boone (January 29) – Actor. Starred as Mario in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World
Allan Burns (January 30) – Writer. He worked on The Bullwinkle Show and George of the Jungle, and co-created the sitcom The Munsters which was adapted for animation as an episode of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie. He also created the Cap’n Crunch character for Quaker Oats.
Dustin Diamond (February 1) – Actor. Starred as nerdy genius Samuel “Screech” Powers in all three original Saved by the Bell shows, its two spin-off movies, and the preceding Good Morning Miss Bliss. He was the only member of the original cast to do so.
Ángel Izquierdo (February 1) – Animator. Worked on Yogi’s Space Race, Jana of the Jungle, The Super Globetrotters and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
Zitto Kazann (February 5) – Actor. Appeared as Kane on an episode of Ark II.
Christopher Plummer (February 5) – Actor. Served as the narrator for DiC Entertainment’s Madeline adaptation through its first two seasons and first film spin-off, as well as related media released around the same time.
Reuven Bar-Yotam (February 8) – Actor and writer. Provided voices for Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
Mitch Rochon (February 17) – Animator. He worked on Challenge of the Superfriends, Godzilla (1978), The New Fred and Barney Show, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Casper and the Angels and The World’s Greatest SuperFriends. He also served as an animation director for Dino-Riders, Darkwing Duck, The Little Mermaid: The Animated Series, Goof Troop, Aladdin, Timon & Pumbaa, Gargoyles, Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, Jungle Cubs, 101 Dalmatians: The Series and Hercules: The Animated Series; sequence director for Little Clowns of Happytown; timing director for Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Teacher’s Pet and Teamo Supremo; and provided sheet timing for Turtles Forever and Tutenstein and storyboard revisions for Goof Troop.
Larry Alexander (February 20) – Writer. Worked on The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.
George Segal (March 23) – Actor. Provided the original voice of Dr. Eli Selig in an episode of The Zeta Project.
Jessica Walter (March 24) – Actor. Played Admiral Rhea Bergstrom in an episode of Wing Commander Academy, Ashlee Walker Club Dupree in an episode of The Magic School Bus (1994), and Athena in an episode of Justice League Action, and starred as Meteora Heinous in Star vs. the Forces of Evil. She also provided additional voices for The Pirates of Dark Water.
Beverly Cleary (March 25) – Author of children’s books. Her trilogy of books featuring Ralph S. Mouse were adapted into three episodes of ABC Weekend Specials.
Sharon Thomas (March 29) – Artist. Did backgrounds for Baggy Pants & the Nitwits, What’s New, Mr. Magoo?, The Fantastic Four (1978), The Pink Panther Show and Spider-Woman, and was a cel painter on Pac-Man.
Jim Stocks (March 31) – Artist. Provided cel service on various episodes of ABC Weekend Specials, Heathcliff (1980) and Thundarr the Barbarian.
John Paragon (April 3) – Actor, writer, director and producer. Best known as the disembodied genie head Jambi and one of the voices of Pterri on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, for which he also wrote and directed.
Walter Olkewicz (April 6) – Actor. Played Carmine Falcone in Batman: The Animated Series.
James Hampton (April 7) – Actor, director and writer. Reprised his role as Harold Howard in the animated Teen Wolf series.
James Dijulio (April 11) – Music engineer that worked primarily for Saban Entertainment. He worked on Power Rangers Zeo, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Power Rangers in Space, Silver Surfer: The Animated Series, Mad Jack the Pirate, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Avengers: United They Stand, Action Man (2000), and Digimon: The Movie.
Clem Rivera (April 12) – Artist. Did layouts for Fillmore!, Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Teacher’s Pet.
Dário De Castro (April 15) – Actor. Provided the Brazilian dubs for El Dorado in SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Obsidian in Transformers: Beast Machines and Martian Manhunter in Static Shock and The Batman, as well as the narration for various episodes of Thomas & Friends.
Felix Silla (April 16) – Actor. Played Polka Dotted Horse and various other characters in H.R. Pufnstuf and Colonel Poom in Lidsville.
Bunny Munns (April 19) – Artist. Worked as a color key artist on The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Heathcliff (1980), Thundarr the Barbarian, Goldie Gold and Action Jack, episodes of ABC Weekend Specials, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, The Puppy’s Further Adventures, Saturday Supercade, Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983), Rubik, the Amazing Cube, Dragon’s Lair, Turbo Teen, Mister T, It’s Punky Brewster and Tiny Toon Adventures; color key supervisor on Lazer Tag Academy; ink and paint supervisor on Taz-Mania, Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs (1993), Freakazoid!, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and Pinky and the Brain; and a color stylist on Toonsylvania.
Sam Haggin (April 21) – Actor. Appeared as a cop in an episode of the Wonderbug segment of The Krofft Suprshow.
Bernie Kahn (April 21) – Writer. Worked on Super Friends (1973), Valley of the Dinosaurs, These are the Days and the Dr. Shrinker segment of The Krofft Supershow.
Terry O’Reilley (April 21) – Artist. Was an opaquer on The Raccoons and a layout artist on The Lion Guard.
Iara Riça (April 27) – Actor. Provided the Brazilian dubs for Gi in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series, Jubilee in X-Men: The Animated Series, the Trini Kwan in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Gluko in Mon Colle Knights, Jean Grey in X-Men: Evolution and Miles “Tailes” Prower in Sonic X and Sonic Boom (1st season).
Billie Hayes (April 29) – Actor. Probably best known for her portrayal of the evil Witchiepoo on H.R. Pufnstuf. She would reprise the role for Lidsville, where she also played Weenie the Genie, and both roles on The Bay City Rollers Show. She played Agnes in an episode of Wonderbug; Pinkbeard in an episode of The Flintstone Comedy Show; Sheriff Parker in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries; Mrs. Rogers in an episode of The Real Ghostbusters; Granny Whammy and an old lady in episodes of Darkwing Duck; Sielma and a customer in an episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters; Fabulous Lady in an episode of Rugrats; Virginia and Georgia in an episode of The Batman; Mrs. Neederlander and a zookeeper in Transformers: Rescue Bots; and reprised the role of Mother Mae-Eye in Teen Titans Go! She also provided additional voices for Trollkins, The Gary Coleman Show, The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries and The Karate Kid (1989).
Sam Cornell (May 1) – Artist and designer. He worked as a designer on George of the Jungle (1967), designed the title sequence for The Wuzzles, and created and directed the title sequence for The New Woody Woodpecker Show
John Paul Leon (May 1) – Comic book artist. He was the original artist on the Static comic that would serve as the inspiration for Static Shock.
Diane Fabian (May 4) – Actor. Voiced Aunt Dorothy in the “Uncle Harry’s Horrible House of Horrors” episode of Tales from the Cryptkeeper. She also provided voices for The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Michael Edens (May 7) – Writer. He worked on The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Camp Candy, Little Shop, Beetlejuice, Dog City, X-Men: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Street Fighter: The Animated Series, Wing Commander Academy, Disney’s Doug, Hercules: The Animated Series, Young Hercules, Avengers: United They Stand, NASCAR Racers, Men in Black: The Series, Gadget and the Gadgetinis, Stargate: Infinity, Sabrina’s Secret Life and Horseland. He also served as a story editor for Beetlejuice, Street Fighter: The Animated Series and Wing Commander Academy.
Tawny Kitaen (May 7) – Actor. She starred as the original voice of Annabelle in Eek! the Cat.
Tony Armatrading (May 10) – Actor. Voiced Trudge in an episode of Doc McStuffins.
Mike Yang (May 10) – Animator. Served as an animatic editor for Men in Black: The Series and Jackie Chan Adventures, did the animatic storyboards for Godzilla: The Series, and was an animatic timer on Ben 10: Omniverse.
Marisha Noroski (May 15) – Artist. Provided designs for an episode of Schoolhouse Rock!, was a cel painter for Pac-Man, and was a final checker on an episode of ABC Weekend Specials.
David Anthony Kraft (May 19) – Writer, publisher and critic. Aside from his well-regarded work in comic books and his self-published magazine Comics Interview, he served as the executive story editor on Street Fighter: The Animated Series.
Samuel E. Wright (May 24) – Actor. Best known as the voice of Sebastian the crab from Disney’s The Little Mermaid franchise. He played the role in the animated series, as well as Raw Toonage, Marsupilami and House of Mouse.
Paul Soles (May 26) – Actor. Best known as the original voice of Spider-Man from Spider-Man (1967) and later Spider-Woman, he also played Barnabus Dingleknot in two episodes of Mysticons and provided voices for The King Kong Show (1966), The Smokey Bear Show and The Reluctant Dragon and Mr. Toad Show.
Gavin MacLeod (May 29) – Actor. He voiced Captain Gumble in an episode of Pound Puppies (2010). It was a nod to his time as the captain in The Love Boat and the episode featured his former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White.
B.J. Thomas (May 29) – Musician. Performed on several episodes of American Bandstand.
Don Duga (May 31) – Animator and educator. Worked on animation continuity for King Kong (1966) and provided animation for The Jackson 5ive, The Osmonds and several episodes of Sesame Street.
Arlene Golonka (May 31) – Actor. Played Debbie in Speed Buggy, which she reprised in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, and Mrs. Yarby on Fudge. She also provided additional voices for The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.
F. Lee Bailey (June 3) – Prominent criminal defense attorney, television host and sometimes actor. Provided a voice for an episode of Spider-Man (1981).
Kay Hawtrey (June 11) – Actor. Played Grandma in Max & Ruby. She also guest-starred as Miss Primrose in an episode of The Raccoons; an old woman in an episode of Goosebumps; and Mrs. Blackburn in an episode of The New Ghostwriter Mysteries.
Frank Bonner (June 16) – Actor and director. He had the recurring role of Mr. Harrington and the one-time role of Mr. Spalding in Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which he also directed. Additionally, he directed every episode of City Guys.
Carmen Onorati (June 17) – Actor. Provided the Italian dub for Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
Steve Sherman (June 24) – Writer, artist, photographer, puppet-maker and puppeteer. After a tenure as Jack Kirby’s assistant and an editor at DC Comics, he went on to work for Filmation and Sid & Marty Krofft Productions before forming his own puppet studio with Gregory Williams. They provided the O.G. Readmore puppet for ABC Weekend Specials, several of the puppets for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and the penguins and computer animations for Beakman’s World.
Philece Sampler (July 2) – Actor. She starred as Mimi Tachikawa, Koromon, Cody Hida, Anna, Palmon, Alice McCoy, Yoshie Matsuki, Jeri Katou, Riley Ohtori, Floramon, Shinya Kanbara, and Koichi and Koji’s mother in Digimon: Digital Monsters; Silvia in Viewtiful Joe; and Sabine Cheng and Ms. Mendeleiev in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir for which she also provided additional voices. She also guest-starred as Francine in an episode of All Grown Up!
Richard Donner (July 5) – Director and producer. Best known for his films like Superman, Goonies or Lethal Weapon, in his early career he was directing television which included the Danger Island segments of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. As one of the rights holders to the EC Comics library, he was given an executive producer credit in Tales From the Cryptkeeper as well as a special thanks credit in the final season.
Winston Sharples, Jr. (July 7) – Music editor. Worked on The New Casper Cartoon Show.
Chick Vennera (July 7) – Actor. Played Sammy the rat in Foofur; Twitch in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series; Johnny T. Rex in an episode of Darkwing Duck; Pesto, Sparrow and Joe P. in various episodes of Animanaics (1993) and an episode of Pinky and the Brain; a chauffer in an episode of Batman Beyond; and Ferret in episodes of Static Shock. He also provided additional voices in The Karate Kid: The Animated Series.
Don Jurwich (July 13) – Producer, writer, director and artist. He wrote for The Super 6, The Bugs Bunny Show, The New Tom & Jerry Show, The Mumbly Cartoon Show, Heathcliff (1980), Tom & Jerry Kids Show and Droopy: Master Detective, also serving as story editor for the latter two; worked as a layout artist for The Bullwinkle Show, Linus! The Lion Hearted, Wacky Races, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Josie and the Pussycats, The Flintstone Comedy Hour, The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, The Roman Holidays and Hong Kong Phooey; served as a designer for George of the Jungle (1967); was a story director for Jabberjaw, The All-New Super Friends Hour and The Kwicky Koala Show; a recording director for Challenge of the Superfriends, The World’s Greatest Superfriends, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and Droopy: Master Detective; production designer Emergency +4; director for Spider-Man (1981), supervising director Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and voice director for The Incredible Hulk (1982); and was a producer for Scooby’s Laff-A-Lympics, Challenge of the Superfriends, The World’s Greatest SuperFriends, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Incredible Hulk (1982), The Smurfs, Tom & Jerry Kids Show, Red Planet and Droopy: Master Detective.
Biz Markie (July 16) – Rapper, singer, DJ, record producer, actor, comedian and writer. Guest-starred in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants as Kenny the Cat.
Noreen Beasley (July 22) – Artist. Provided character designs for Foofur and designs for The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
Alfie Scopp (July 24) – Actor. One of the Clarabell stand-ins on Howdy Doody, several minor roles in Spider-Man (1967), and provided voices for The King Kong Show.
Jonathan Rinzler (July 28) – Writer. Wrote 2 episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Fred Ladd (August 3) – Writer and producer credited as one of the first to introduce anime to North America. He wrote and voice directed the English dub of Astro Boy (1963) and wrote for Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976), The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, Hero High and The Incredible Hulk (1982).
Trevor Moore (August 6) – Comedian, actor and producer. He co-created and wrote for Disney shows Walk the Prank and Just Roll With It.
Peter R. Brown (August 12) – Animator. He was the overseas animation supervisor for Recess, Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Lloyd in Space.
Steve Perrin (August 13) – Writer, editor and game designer. Wrote an episode of The Real Ghostbusters.
Robert Stanton (August 13) – Background artist and art director. His work included Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983), Histeria!, Digimon: Digital Monsters and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Masami Suda (August 17) – Artist. Worked as a layout artist for The Littles and character designer for Yo-Kai Watch.
Ed Asner (August 29) – Actor and activist. His long and prolific career in television and film expanded to voice acting in the late 80s. Among his Saturday morning credits was the recurring role of Roland Daggett in Batman: The Animated Series; Vern in an episode of Animaniacs (1993); Hudson in Gargoyles; J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: The Animated Series; Sgt. Mike Cosgrove in Freakazoid!, which he would later reprise for an episode of Teen Titans Go!; General Araneus in an episode of The Magic School Bus (1994); Mr. Applegate in an episode of Life with Louie; Agent K’s father in an episode of Men in Black: The Series; Granny Goodness in Superman: The Animated Series; Thaddeus T. Third V in an episode of Recess; Chuck Marshak in Max Steel (2000); Fixer in an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; a guard captain in an episode of Duck Dodgers; Uncle Ben in an episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man; Kent Nelson in an episode of Young Justice; and an angry old timer in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Michael Constantine (August 31) – Actor. Played The Sorcerer in the Electra Woman and Dyna Girl segment of The Krofft Supershow.
Art Metrano (September 6) – Actor. Starred as Spike in The Thing segments of Fred and Barney Meet the Thing/Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo.
Marion Wells (September 9) – Writer. Worked on Foofur, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck and Goof Troop.
Leo DeLyon (September 18) – Actor. Played Wat in the “Mrs. Roger’s Neighborhood” episode of The Real Ghostbusters. Also provided voices for The Smurfs and Foofur.
Myrna Gibbs (September 28) – Artist. Provided ink and paint for The Pink Panther Show and Spider-Woman.
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge (October 5) – Animator. Served as an assistant animator for “The Bolio Caper” episode of ABC Weekend Specials; designed props for an episode of Tom and Jerry Tales; was a special effects designer for Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman and The Mummy: The Animated Series; and a writing coordinator, character designer, color stylist, background painter and animator for various episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Brian Goldner (October 11) – Chairman and CEO of Hasbro credited with transforming the toy company into an entertainment leader. He was credited as an executive producer on G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Transformers: Animated, Power Rangers Beast Morphers and Power Rangers Dino Fury.
JoAnna Cameron (October 15) – Actor. Starred as the superheroine Isis in The Secrets of Isis and in Shazam! (1975).
Lew Ott (October 16) – Artist. He was a layout artist on Fantastic Four (1967), The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Hot Wheels, Harlem Globe Trotters, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Scooby’s Laff-A-Lympics, Godzilla (1978), an episode of ABC Weekend Specials, The Dukes and The Pirates of Dark Water; a production designer on Fangface, Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and episodes of ABC Weekend Specials; a character designer on Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Smurfs, The Little Rascals (1982), The Gary Coleman Show, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, The Biskitts, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and Tom & Jerry Kids Show; design unit head on Pound Puppies (1986); and designer on Droopy: Master Detective
Marlene Robinson May (October 22) – Animator and director. Served as an animator for The Addams Family (1973); assistant animation supervisor for The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour and The Adventures of Flash Gordon; animation checking supervisor for The Puppy’s Further Adventures, Saturday Supercade, Dragon’s Lair, Turbo Teen and Mister T; animation supervisor for Alvin and the Chipmunks (1983), It’s Punky Brewster and Superman (1988); supervising timing director for The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Raw Toonage, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop (as well as overseas animation supervisor), Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) and Beethoven: The Animated Series; timing director for Skeleton Warriors, X-Men: The Animated Series, DarkStalkers, Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series and Men in Black: The Series; animation director for Dumb and Dumber: The Series and The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat; animation timer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Ozzy & Drix and Loonatics Unleashed; sheet timer for Earthworm Jim, SpongeBob SquarePants and Thomas & Friends; a director for “The Magic Flute” episode and animation director for “Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale” episode of ABC Weekend Specials; and animation director and sheet timer for Bobby’s World.
Peter Scolari (October 22) – Actor best known for Bosom Buddies, Newhart and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The Series. He played a driver and Wilford Wolf in two episodes of Animaniacs (1993); John Hamner and The Shark/Gunther Hardwicke in two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series; recurring character Preston Vogel in Gargoyles; Weird Guy and Mr. Perfect in two episodes of Pinky and the Brain; and Professor Higginson in What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
Angelo Mosca (November 6) – Football player, wrestler and actor. Played the Cadaverous Man in the “Strained Peas” episode of Goosebumps.
Dean Stockwell (November 7) – Actor. Probably best known from his starring role in Quantum Leap, he lent his voice as the elder Tim Drake in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
Phil Margo (November 13) – Musician and author, best known as a member of The Tokens and through the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. He wrote a couple of songs for The Kids from C.A.P.E.R.
Joe Siracusa (November 13) – Editor that primarily worked for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and Marvel Productions. He worked on Doctor Dolittle (1970), The Barkleys, The Houndcats and Bailey’s Comets. He was also the music editor for Return to the Planet of the Apes, The Oddball Couple, Baggy Pants & the Nitwits, What’s New, Mr. Magoo?, The Fantastic Four (1978), The All-New Pink Panther Show, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Pandamonium, Meatballs and Spaghetti, The Incredible Hulk (1982), Muppet Babies, and Dungeons & Dragons.
Will Ryan (November 19) – Actor, writer and musician. He voiced Wishing Well in an episode of The Wuzzles; Slime, Selwyn Quarrel, Cousin McDougall, Wizard Anton, and additional voices in The Smurfs (1981); Chubs in Teen Wolf: The Animated Series; Ogres, Gad and Zook in Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears; McKraven, Webster the Rabbit and additional voices in Garfield and Friends; Mr. Cross Ghost, a Medic Guardian and Voices in The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat; Willie the Giant in Disney’s House of Mouse; and played various characters in various episodes of ABC Weekend Specials, for which also wrote, produced and provided music for an episode.
Scott Page-Pagter (December 5) – Voice actor and producer that worked primarily for Saban Entertainment. He voiced Peckster, Oysterizer, Pirantishead, Slippery Shark, Plague Patrol #1 and Face Stealer in various episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Robosect in Masked Rider, Fortissimodo in Power Rangers Zeo, Wolfgang in BeetleBorgs, Porto in Power Rangers Turbo, and Steelon in Power Rangers Wild Force, as well as provided voices for the video games based on Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue and Power Rangers Time Force. He was the sound effects editor for Kid ‘n’ Play, Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983), Spacecats, Camp Candy, X-Men: The Animated Series and Digimon: Digital Monsters, and the sound effects engineer for Saban’s Adventures of the Little Mermaid. He was also the supervising producer for Masked Rider, BeetleBorgs, Power Rangers Zeo and Turbo; co-producer for Power Rangers in Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force and Wild Force; and adr/voice director for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Mon Colle Knights.
Vera Pacheco (December 11) – Animator, and the original voice of Princess Daphne in the Dragon’s Lair video game series. Worked on “The Bollo Caper” episode of ABC Weekend Specials.
Henry Orenstein (December 14) – Toymaker. Credited as being responsible for Hasbro acquiring the Japanese toylines that would begin the Transformers franchise.
Gérald Forton (December 16) – Artist. He was a storyboard assistant on Kid ‘n’ Play; storyboard artist for Skeleton Warriors (also provided layouts), DarkStalkers, X-Men: The Animated Series, Road Rovers, Street Fighter: The Animated Series and Men in Black: The Series; did backgrounds for The Pirates of Dark Water, Tiny Toon Adventures and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987); and a character designer for The Real Ghostbusters, Swamp Thing: The Animated Series and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
Mark Taylor (December 23) – Artist. Provided character designs for Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles (1987).
Anthony May (December 24) – Actor. Played Sidney, the Cool Cavalier on an episode of Here Come the Double Deckers!
Derrick J. Wyatt (December ??) – Artist. He was a character designer for ¡Mucha Lucha!, Legion of Super Heroes, Transformers: Animated, the New Teen Titans shorts on DC Nation, Ben 10: Omniverse and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles short, Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past. He was also the art director for Transformers and Ben 10, a storyboard artist for The Ripping Friends, and provided additional design and color for Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
Stephen Lawrence (December 30) – Composer. Wrote and arranged original songs for Sesame Street.
David Schwartz (December 30) – Artist, writer, director and producer. Directed several episodes of Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys and an episode of Channel Umptee-3, and did storyboards for ALF: The Animated Series, ALF Tales, Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters, Darkwing Duck, Yo Yogi!, Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania, Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Teamo Supremo, X-Men: Evolution, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Tutenstein, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Secret Saturdays, Doc McStuffins and Ben 10 (2016).
Betty White (December 31) – Actor, comedian and animal welfare advocate. She has been on television for almost as long as there was a television, appearing in sitcoms, variety shows, game shows and film. On Saturdays, she had the recurring role of Agatha McLeish in Pound Puppies (2010). She also voiced Hestia in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series, Grandma Rose in an episode of Teacher’s Pet, Aardvark Lady in an episode of Mickey Mouse and Beatrice in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.