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.
Here are the Saturday morning all-stars we lost in the year 2022:
Marion Brasch (January 10) – Actor. Played Gloria on Tom
Corbett, Space Cadet.
Ronnie Spector (January 12) – Singer best known as
the leader of the girl group The Ronettes. She performed the theme song to Little
Louie Anderson (January 21) – Comedian, actor, author
and game show host. He co-created the animated series Life with Louie based
on his comedy routine about his childhood growing up in a big family. He also
voiced his younger self and his father, provided narration and appeared in live
Myrna Bushman (January 26) – Timer, checker and
director. She was continuity coordinator for The New Adventures of Winnie
the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, Raw Toonage and Goof Troop; animation
checker for Fangface, Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Heathcliff (1980),
and The Get Along Gang; timing and checking supervisor for Inspector
Gadget (1983), Pole Position, Kissyfur, Kidd Video (timing only),
Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, and episodes of ABC Weekend
Specials; animation director for Muppet Babies (1983) and Bill
& Ted’s Excellent Adventures; timing director for Spiral Zone and
Tiny Toon Adventures; sheet timer for All-New Dennis the Menace;
slugging director for 101 Dalmatians: The Series; storyboard timer for Camp
Candy and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures; and did storyboard
slugging for Disney’s Doug, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, Swamp
Thing (1991), Captain Planet and the Planeteers, All-New Dennis the
Menace, Madeline, The Wacky World of Tex Avery, Sabrina the Animated Series, and
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century.
Pedro De Aguillon, Jr. (February 3) – Actor. Provided
the Spanish dubs for Ray Stantz in the Ghostbusters franchise, including
The Real Ghostbusters.
Anne D. Bernstein (February 8) – Writer and story editor.
Worked on the animated adaptation of video game series Viva Piñata.
Mary Locatell (February 10) – Artist. Worked as a
background painter on Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
Mel Keefer (February 11) – Artist. Provided layouts
for Aquaman (1967), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1967), The
Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, The Batman/Superman Hour, The Hardy Boys (1969),
Skyhawks, Groovie Goolies, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1970), The New
Adventures of Gilligan, The U.S. of Archie, The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro
Adventure Hour, and Galtar and the Golden Lance; character models
for Spider-Woman; and character designs for The Little Rascals (1982),
Shirt Tales, The Dukes, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, Challenge of
the GoBots, and The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (as
well as props).
Ivan Reitman (February 12) – Director and producer,
probably best remembered for directing the original two Ghostbusters films.
He served as a creative consultant on The Real Ghostbusters and an
executive producer on both Alienators: Evolution Continues, which was
spun-off of his film Evolution, and Beethoven: The Animated Series,
which stemmed from the first two entries in the Beethoven film franchise
Farrah Forke (February 25) – Actor. Played Big Barda
in the DC Animated Universe beginning with two episodes of Batman Beyond.
Johnny Brown (March 2) – Actor. Best known for
starring in Good Times, he played Fat Man in an episode of The Ghost
Busters and Dandy Andy in an episode of Monster Squad, and provided
voices for The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show and Alvin & the
Mia Ikumi (March 7) – Writer and artist. Created the
manga Tokyo Mew Mew that was adapted into the anime Mew Mew Power.
John Korty (March 9) – Director and animator. He
directed and animated on several episodes of Sesame Street.
Emilio Delgado (March 10) – Actor and singer. Best
known for his tenure as Luis Rodriguez on Sesame Street from 1971-2017,
he also appeared as White Bull in the “Tales of the Nunundaga” episode of ABC
Sari Gennis (March 14) – Animator. Worked on the
special effects for The Chipmunk Adventure.
Carl Bell (March 28) – Animator. Worked on Fat Albert
and the Cosby Kids, The Fat Albert Halloween Special, Space Sentinels,
Heathcliff (1980) and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
Estelle Harris (April 2) – Actor. Best known as
George’s mother from Seinfeld and Mrs. Potato Head from the Toy Story
franchise, she also played Timon’s mother in Timon & Pumbaa;
Ruth in an episode of The Tick (1994); Lt. Kellaway’s Mother in an
episode of The Mask: The Animated Series; Phil’s Mother in Hercules:
The Animated Series; an old lady and a receptionist in an episode of Godzilla:
The Series; Frank’s owner in The Secret Files of the SpyDogs; Mrs.
Turtle in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse; Mrs. Broogin in
the Teacher’s Pet movie; and Peg-Leg Peg in Jake and the Never Land
Pirates. She also provided a voice for Aladdin.
David M. Jones (April 8) – Visual effects artist. He
supervised the outer space and miniature sequences for Space Academy.
Gilbert Gottfried (April 12) – Actor and comedian. His
distinctive voice often made him a perfect fit for loud and obnoxious
characters. He played Iago in Disney’s Aladdin franchise and House of
Mouse; a mad scientist and karate sensei in episodes of Bobby’s World; a
woodpecker in an episode of Timon & Pumbaa; Odiferous J. Stench in
an episode of Bump in the Night; an imaginary version of himself on The
Weird Al Show; Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice
League Action; Clion in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series;
Denny the Dispatcher in an episode of Sesame Street; Barn Buddy in an
episode of Back at the Barnyard; Kraang Sub-Prime in Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles (2012); Sal in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants; and
The Coal Miner in an episode of Teen Titans Go! He also provided voices
for The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
Liz Sheridan (April 15) – Actor. Played neighbor Mrs.
Stillman in Life with Louie.
Robert Morse (April 20) – Actor. Played Moncho in Monchhichis;
Commissioner James Gordon in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians;
Howler and his ancestor, Barkerville and Mrs. Gugenfeller in Pound Puppies (1986);
DeSaad in Superman: The Animated Series; and Santa Claus in Teen
Titans Go! He also provided voices for Pro Stars.
Evelyn A.R. Gabai (April 30) – Writer. Worked on Fat
Albert and the Cosby Kids, Saturday Supercade, Monchhichis, Turbo Teen,
Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Galtar and the Golden
Lance, Jem, The Smurfs (1981), Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983), The New
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Where’s Waldo? (1991),
Beetlejuice (1989), The Mask: The Animated Series, Spider-Man: The
Animated Series, X-M-Men: Evolution, and The Penguins of Madagascar.
Pamela Kosh (May 4) – Actor. Played hard-of-hearing
teacher Miss Simpson on Saved by the Bell (1989) and in an episode of
the spin-off Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
George Pérez (May 6) – Comic book artist and writer.
He was the co-creator of the most well-known iteration of DC Comics’ Teen
Titans, as well as members Starfire, Raven and Cyborg, who had been adapted
into various media including Teen Titans Go! He was also involved in the
rebranding of the original Robin into Nightwing. Other shows that made use of
his work included X-Men: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, The
Batman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, and Justice
League Action. Both he and writer Marv Wolfman voiced themselves in two
episodes of Teen Titans Go!, on which he was also credited for additional
John R. Cherry III (May 8) – Director, producer and
writer. He was one of the co-creators of the Ernest P. Worrell character
brought to life by Jim Varney; beginning as a regional pitchman before
exploding into a national phenomenon. As with the other Ernest projects, he
directed and executive produced the Saturday morning series Hey Vern, It’s
Burt Medall (May 24) – Animator and timing director.
He worked on The World’s Greatest SuperFriends, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo,
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby
Kids, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Garfield and Friends, Gargoyles, Mighty Ducks:
The Animated Series, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Hercules: The Animated Series,
The Weekenders, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Lilo & Stitch: The Series and
Karl Geurs (May 25) – Writer, producer and editor. He
wrote for The Skatebirds, Dungeons & Dragons (also story editor and
producer), The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (also producer), Horseland
and Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures (also story
editor); story edited on Goof Troop; and served as production manager on
Pandamonium and Meatballs and Spaghetti.
Ray Liotta (May 26) – Actor. Known primarily for his
tough guy characters on film, he also voiced the Bubble Poppin Leader in the
“Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?” episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Olga Orlova (June 5) – Animator. Worked on Angelina
Billy Kametz (June 9) – Actor. Provided the English
voice for Fubuki Sumiye in Beyblade Burst and guest-starred as Navareth
in the “Witches Before Wizards” episode of The Owl House.
Simon Deitch (June 21) – Cartoonist, designer and
layout designer. Worked as a prop designer, character designer and assistant
layout artist on the Nickelodeon episodes of Doug.
Steven Wilzbach (June 23) – Producer and camera operator.
He worked on The Pink Panther Show, Fantastic Four (1978), Spider-Woman,
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Kid Super
Power Hour with Shazam!, Blackstar and Tutenstein.
Everett Peck (June 14) – Artist and animator. He
worked as a character designer on The Real Ghostbusters and Godzilla:
The Series, the latter of which he also served as an executive design
consultant as he did on Men in Black: The Series. He also provided
animation for “The Worm Winter Games” episode of Sesame Street.
Mike Reynolds (July 2) – Actor and writer. He voiced
Mondo the Magician, Lanterra and Spitflower on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers;
Lobstatron, Masked Rider Strongman, Masked Rider Warrior Commander, Tentaclon
and Skull Reapers on Masked Rider; Hammerhands and Terror Bear on Big
Bad Beetleborgs; Destructipede on Power Rangers in Space; Captain
Mutiny on Power Rangers Lost Galaxy; Centaur King in Mon Colle
Knights; Gennai in Digimon: Digital Monsters, of which he also wrote
three episodes; Railspike in Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000);
Mr, Mechanau on Power Rangers Time Force; and Ship Org on Power
Rangers Wild Force.
Kazuki Takahshi (July 6) – Artist and game creator.
Created Yu-Gi-Oh! which has been adapted into an anime whose English dub
has been broadcast on Saturday mornings for most of its existence.
Wendell Washer (July 8) – Artist. Did layouts for Fat
Albert and the Cosby Kids, My Favorite Martians, Lassie’s Rescue Rangers, Mission:
Magic!, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Star Trek: The Animated Series, U.S. of
Archie, The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty and The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour;
designed characters for The Puppy’s Further Adventures; and worked on
storyboards for The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Dynomutt Dog Wonder, The
Freedom Force, Fabulous Funnies, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Hecke
and Jeckle, The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The
Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, Blackstar, The New Adventures of Zorro, The
New Adventures of Flash Gordon, Pac-Man, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour,
The Puppy’s Further Adventures, The Dukes, Muppet Babies (1984), Little
Muppet Monsters, Dungeons & Dragons, The Little Wizards, Jem, Darkwing
Duck, Goof Troop, Gargoyles, Aladdin, Timon & Pumbaa, Hercules: The
Animated Series, The New Woody Woodpecker Show, SpongeBob SquarePants, and
Ozzy & Drix. He also provided the voice for Chester P. Chieseler in Mighty
Mouse: The New Adventures.
Larry Storch (July 9) – Actor. Best known for his
starring role in F-Troop (which was seen in archival footage on an
episode of Freakazoid!), he also had an extensive career on Saturday
morning. He starred as Phineas J. Whoopee, as well as Rocky Maninoff, G.
Washington Bridgit and Red Beard in Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales;
Joker in The Batman/Superman Hour and The New Scooby-Doo Movies;
Drac, Ratso, Hagatha and Ghoulihand in Groovie Goolies, Sabrina the Teenage
Witch, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies (where he
was also The Phantom), The New Archie/Sabrina Hour and Sabrina, Super
Witch; Marlon, Fleetwood and Chuck White in “The Brady Kids on Mysterious
Island” episode of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, which was followed
with The Brady Kids where he was also Mop Top, Sleezy Sam, Knuckles,
Coach, Chuckonis Ospro, Krunk, Nets Nolan, Hoax, Orville Wrong, Wilbur Wrong,
Major LeTraine and Colonel Jones; Eddie Spencer and Big Al on The Ghost
Busters; and Mr. Mendaelbaum and Herbert Finagle in episodes of Garfield
and Friends. He also provided voices for Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp, The
Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner
Show, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz
Hour, The Puppy’s Further Adventures, and Foofur.
Sean Kelly (July 11) – Writer, humorist and founding editor of Heavy Metal. Wrote two episodes
each for The Magic School Bus and Goosebumps.
Jessica Klein (July 13) – Writer and producer. Wrote
for and produced Scout’s Safari.
Alan Grant (July 20) – Comic book writer. Co-created
the Batman characters Ventriloquist and Scarface, who appeared in both Batman:
The Animated Series and The Batman, and Anarky, who was the main
antagonist in Beware the Batman. He also wrote the issue of Batman
Adventures that featured Anarky.
Jared Barclay (July 23) – Actor. Provided voices for Scooby-Doo
and Scrappy-Doo (1979), The Kwicky Koala Show, Trollkins, The Little
Rascals (1982), Richie Rich, The Dukes, Challenge of the GoBots, Pole
Position, Foofur, and The Smurfs (1981).
Paul Coker, Jr. (July 23) – Illustrator best known for his tenure on Mad
magazine and as a character designer for Rankin/Bass Productions. Among his
work was the series The Reluctant Dragon & Mr. Toad Show and two
episodes of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie.
David Warner (July 24) – Actor. He played Ra's al Ghul throughout the DC Animated Universe;
Ice Breaker in an episode of Biker Mice from Mars (1993); the
Archmage in episodes of Gargoyles; The Glyph in an episode of Captain
Simian & the Space Monkeys; The Lobe in Freakazoid!, which
he reprised for a guest-appearance in Teen Titans Go!; Herbert
Landon and the first voice of Red Skull in Spider-Man: The Animated
Series; Alpha in Men in Black: The Series; Doctor Vic
Frankenstein in Toonsylvania; Lord Angstrom in Buzz
Lightyear of Star Command; and an old man in What's New, Scooby-Doo?
Pat Carroll (July 30) – Actor and comedian. Best known as the permanent
voice of sea-witch Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid franchise and House
of Mouse, she was also Katrina Stoneheart in Pound Puppies (1986);
Ms. Biddy McBrain in Galaxy High School; Hazel in Foofur; Queen
Hippolyta in Superman (1988); Paula P. Casso in an episode of A Pup
Named Scooby-Doo; and Old Lady Crowley in Tangled: The Series. She
also provided additional voices in Yogi’s Treasure Hunt.
Nichelle Nichols (July 30) – Actor, singer and dancer. Best known for her
trailblazing role as Lt. Nyota Uhura from the original Star Trek, a role
she reprised for Star Trek: The Animated Series with the additional
roles of Dara, Davison, Anne Nored, a female miner, Devna, Kali, an alien
entity, Dr. Sarah April and Karla Five. She also played the SS Stella in
the “Commander Toad in Space” episode of ABC Weekend Specials; Diane
Maza in episodes of Gargoyles; Miriam Brooks, aka the Vampire Queen, in two
episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series; and Chief in an episode of Buzz
Lightyear of Star Command.
Lori Jo Hanson Garcia (August 2) – Ink and paint artist, painter and final
checker. Worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) as a painter and Life with Louie as a color model assistant.
Gerald Potterton (August 23) – Director, writer, producer and animator. He
directed Cool McCool and was story director for Rubik, the Amazing
Cube. He also appeared on two episodes of Sesame Street as George
Jeff Howard (August 25) – Animator. Provided special effects for Life
with Louie and Lilo & Stitch: The Series. He also did some
uncredited animation for The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
Ralph Eggleston (August 28) – Artist. Did character designs for Pound
Puppies (1985) and storyboards for Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Vladimir Vyshegorodtsev (September 9) – Animator. Worked on Kipper and Angelina
Henry Silva (September 14) – Actor. Primarily an on-screen actor, he
did voice the villain Bane in Batman: The Animated Series and Superman:
The Animated Series.
Hank Saroyan (September 23) – Writer, story editor, voice director and
composer. Worked on Muppet Babies (1984), Little Muppet Monsters,
Dungeons & Dragons, Rude Dog and the Dweebs, Cartoon All-Stars to the
Rescue, Fievel’s American Tails and three episodes of ABC Weekend
Susan Tolsky (October 9) – Actor. Played Annabell in Foofur; Mrs.
Orso in Bobby’s World; Binkie Muddlefoot and Aunt Trudy in Darkwing
Duck; Mrs. PennyPacker in an episode of Goof Troop; Scara in Aladdin;
a librarian in two episodes of The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper;
Peeps’ Mother in an episode of 101 Dalamtians: The Series; Aunts Janie
and Lanie and an astronomer in Pepper Ann; a junior Prometheus
Academy teacher and Mrs. Bob in episodes of Hercules: The Animated Series;
a cat shelter owner in an episode of Teacher’s Pet; Mrs. Slugbath in an
episode of Lloyd in Space; and Mrs. Pesky in The Buzz on Maggie. She
also provided additional voices for The Smurfs and Bill & Ted’s
J. Edward Hudson (October 14) – Artist. Worked as a set decorator on “The
Gold Bug” episode of ABC Weekend Specials.
Ron Masak (October 20) – Actor. Voiced Slug and a Toy Ghost in an
episode of The Real Ghostbusters and provided additional voices to an
episode of Ruby-Spears’ Superman.
Michael Kopsa (October 23) – Actor. Played Doctor X in Action Man (2000);
Hank McCoy aka Beast in X-Men: Evolution; Samukai, Vex and Elder Three
in Ninjago; and Roger Baxter and several minor voices in Littlest Pet
Shop (2012). He also provided voices for Gadget and the Gadgetinis.
Jules Bass (October 25) – Producer, director, composer, lyricist and
writer. He co-founded Rankin/Bass Productions with Arthur Rankin Jr., who are
probably best-known for their collection of holiday stop-motion animated
specials. He was involved in the making of The King Kong Show, The
Smokey Bear Show, The Reluctant Dragon & Mr. Toad Show, Tomfoolery Show,
The Jackson 5ive, Kid Power, The Osmonds and several episodes of The ABC
Saturday Superstar Movie. He was also credited as a consulting producer on ThunderCats
Roar; his first work in television since the death of Rankin in 2014.
Kevin Conroy (November 10) – Actor. Best known as the voice of Bruce
Wayne, aka Batman, in the DC Animated Universe; a role he’s reprised many times
over in various other DC Comics media including some DC Nation shorts, Justice
League Action and Teen Titans Go! He also voiced Thomas Wayne and
several minor roles in Batman: The Animated Series and Zeus in one of
the DC Nation Shazam! shorts.
Jason David Frank (November 19) – Actor and martial artist. Best known as
Tommy Oliver from the Power Rangers franchise; starring in Mighty
Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Power Rangers
Zeo, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers
Dino Thunder, and appearing in Power Rangers Wild Force, Power Rangers
Megaforce, Power Rangers HyperForce and Power Rangers Ninja Steel. He
also reprised the role for the shorts Power Rangers: Shattered Grid and Power
Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Shwodown, the video game Power
Rangers: Battle for the Grid, and two episodes of the web series Super
Power Beat Down.
Blake James (November 20) – Cinematographer, animator, layout and background
artist. Worked on The Beatles, Schoolhouse Rock!, Dennis the Menace (1986)
and Tales from the Cryptkeeper.
Irene Cara (November 25) – Singer, songwriter, actor and producer.
Best-known for her hit singles “Fame” and “Flashdance…What a Feeling”, she made
a couple appearances on American Bandstand as a guest performer. Her
song “Breakdance” was also featured in an episode of Kidd Video.
George Newall (November 30) – Co-creator of Schoolhouse Rock!, on which he
executive produced and directed every episode.
Bob McGrath (December 4) – Actor and musician. Played music teacher Bob
Johnson on Sesame Street from 1969-2017.
Mills Lane III (December 6) – Television personality, former boxer and
referee, and district court judge. Best known for starting bouts with the
phrase “Let’s get it on!” and for his stint as a clay version of himself on
MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, he later parodied another aspect of his
career by voicing a judge in an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
Barry Bruce (December 14) – Clay animator, director and designer. He
was credited for the original concept in The California Raisins Show and
worked as a supervising animation director and character designer for several
episodes of Sesame Street.
Darel Glaser (December 7) – Actor. Played Joe Oliveira in an episode of Shazam!
Helen Slayton-Hughes (December 7) – Actor. Played an elderly lady in an episode
of Power Rangers Time Force.
Andrei Svislotski (December 19) – Animator and director. He was a storyboard
artist and character designer on Santo Bugito, a director on All
Grown Up!, and a storyboard artist on Doc McStuffins.
Yuji Nunokawa (December 25) – Producer and founder of Studio Pierrot who
produced the anime Mew Mew Power (known as Tokyo Mew Mew in
Todd Brian (December 28) – Director of animation development for DHX
Media/WildBrain. He served as a production executive on Esme & Roy.
Anita Pointer (December 31) – Singer and songwriter. Founding member of
The Pointer Sisters, they recorded the “Pinball Number Count” song for Sesame
Street and their song “I’m So Excited” was used in a much-memed anti-drug
episode of Saved by the Bell (1989), “Jessie’s Song”.