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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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During World War II, was employed by the War Department as a civilian contract airline pilot. He flew mainly high profile courier missions across the Atlantic and Pacific; among them Bob Hope and Winston Churchill.

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).

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

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