The man who originated the voice of Gumby, along with being a familiar voice in a wide range of TV commercials, has died, Newsday reports. Dick Beals, who also voiced the commercial character Speedy Alka-Seltzer, was 85.
Beals died Tuesday in Vista, Calif. He was said to be the unseen pitchman for more than 3,000 commercials, including being the voice for Oscar Mayer and Campbell’s Soup.
Beals was one of a number of people to provide the voice of Gumby over the years, including the character’s creator, Art Clokey. "The Gumby Show" originally aired from November 1955 to December 1989 on NBC.
Newsday notes about Beals: “He often got jobs that called for him to sound like a child because he suffered from a glandular condition. His voice hadn’t changed since elementary school.”
Beals also reportedly voiced the first Davey in the TV series “Davey and Goliath.” Before moving to television he worked in radio in the 1940s, including on the shows “The Lone Ranger,” “The Green Hornet” and “Dragnet.”