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.
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 Rosey.
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 wraparound segments.
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 he produced.
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 Chipmunks (1983).
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 Weekend Specials.
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 designs.
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 Ernest!
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 Young Justice.
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 Ballerina.
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 the Farmer.
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 Ballerina.
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 Specials.
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 Excellent Adventures.
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! (1974).
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 Japan).
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”.
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