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Actor, Thurl Ravenscroft, was born Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft on Feb 6, 1914 in Norfolk, NE. Ravenscroft died at the age of 91 on May 22, 2005 in Fullerton, CA .

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On November 30, 1995, Ravenscroft received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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Voice of on-board narration on Disneyland's River Boat, the Mark Twain.

In addition to his considerable voice work for Disney and as the voice of Tony the Tiger, Thurl Ravenscroft was for decades the voice of Laguna Beach, California's Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters, a presentation of living pictures where actual humans posed in life-size works of famous artists such as Norman Rockwell and Winslow Homer, among others. For many people, his will always be remembered as part of the experience of this yearly Laguna Beach event.

For Disneyland Park, he is the voices of Buff, the buffalo head on the Country Bear Jamboree; lead vocalist on the theme song "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion (he is the bust that most people have mistaken as Walt Disney); Fritz, the German-accented parrot in the Tiki Room; can also be heard on the Columbia Sailing Ship song spiel and the recorded narration of the jungle cruise (before the skippers started doing it live); original voice of the first mate on the Mark Twain Steamship and one of the bass voices one hears during the chorus of "It's a Small World"; and the voice of Tangaroa, father of all Gods and Goddesses at the Enchanted Tiki Garden (the waiting area outside the Tiki Room).

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