Saturday, April 29, 2017

You Know The Voice: Shepard Menken (1949)

Shepard Menken's resume covers mostly his work in cartoons & movies. However, he did log in some time doing other television as well.

You're about to meet the man behind Clyde Crashcup and a few other notable characters in the 60's, including the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto. Menken guest stars in an episode of the forgotten early television crime drama, The Cases of Eddie Drake. You'll see Shep appear for the first time around the 10 minute mark or so.

Menken, who passed away in 1999, invested his money wisely, it seems. In 1963, he founded Malibu Films, which specialized in educational films for schools. Menken's subsequent work on Lone Ranger, as well as The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, it would appear, helped keep the company going. He also was the announcer for Western Airlines ads back in the day.

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