Full Name:

Dick Beals

Occupation / Title:

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Date of birth:

16/03/1927

Date of death:

29/05/2012

Birthplace:

Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Biography


Born in Detroit, as a child Dick Beals was too small to play sports, instead opting to be a cheerleader. He attended Michigan State University, where he began to lend his voice to radio broadcasting. In the 1940s, Beal began to do voice acting professionally, performing in radio dramas such as The Lone RangerThe Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon

Beals’s big break came in 1952 when he was hired to provide the voice for Speedy Alka-Seltzer, the mascot for Alka-Seltzer. Throughout the 1950s, he would go on to work in various other commercials, including Bob’s Big Boy, Oscar Mayer, and Campbell Soup. During this time he also began to work in cartoons, starting with Looney Tunes’ From A to Z-Z-Z-Z, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His work can be heard in cartoons such as The FlintstonesThe JetsonsDavey and GoliathGumby, and Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles.

Beals continued to voice children well into old age, beating out 300 boys to play N. J. Normanmeyer in The Addams Family cartoon in the 1990s. Beals’s permanently youthful voice was due to a glandular issue, which meant that his voice never broke. In the 1990s, Beals took to motivational speaking, publishing his autobiography, Think Big, in 1992. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 85.


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