05/25/2005: Alas, more sad news....
I've just heard that Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft has died at age 91.
Thurl Ravenscroft, who provided the long, rumbling "They're Grrrrreeeat!" for Kellogg's Tony the Tiger and voiced a host of Disney characters, died here on Sunday. He was 91.He'll be missed.
The cause was prostate cancer, said Diane Challis Davy, director of Pageant of the Masters, a program in Laguna Beach for which he provided the narration for 20 years.
For more than 50 years, Mr. Ravenscroft was the affable voice of Tony the Tiger, TV's popular cartoon pitchman for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes.
"I'm the only man in the world that has made a career with one word: Grrrrreeeat!" Mr. Ravenscroft told The Orange County Register in 1996. "When Kellogg's brought up the idea of the tiger, they sent me a caricature of Tony to see if I could create something for them. After messing around for some time I came up with the `Grrrrreeeat!' roar, and that's how it's been since then."
Len on 05.25.05 @ 03:37 PM CST