RIP: Thurl Ravenscroft

TonythetigerA Voice that was throughout my childhood, but a person I never even heard of. It is amazing all the contributions, large and small, people make that influence others throughout their lives.

Thurl Ravenscroft, who provided the rumbling “They’re Grrrrreeeat!” for Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger ads and voiced a host of Disney characters, has died. He was 91.

Ravenscroft died Sunday of prostate cancer, said Diane Challis Davy, director of Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters.

For more than 50 years, Ravenscroft was the affable voice behind 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!” 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.”

Posted May 24, 2005 by
General | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “They’re GRRREEEAAATTT!!!”

    1. 1754BLOG.COM » Blog Archive » MORNING READ on May 24th, 2005 8:53 am

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    2. Red on May 24th, 2005 9:12 am

      He is even more famous than that. He sang the song, “You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch” in Dr Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”,

    3. McGehee on May 24th, 2005 12:39 pm

      Red’s right — Thurl was interviewed extensively on-camera for a feature that one of the cable channels (Cartoon Network?) aired along with “Grinch” on year. He was clearly having the time of his life telling about his song.

      He’ll be missed.

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