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Richard "Dick" Beals (born March 16, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American voice actor. He has performed many voices in his career, which spans from the early 1950s into the 21st century. He specialized primarily in doing the voices of young boys. March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ...

Perhaps his most recognizable characterization was the voice of the stop-motion animation figure called "Speedy Alka-Seltzer", featured in TV ads for more than 50 years. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Beal graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1949, where he majored in radio broadcasting. He covered intramural sports and performed in weekly radio dramas for the campus radio station WKAR. Beals was also a member of the Michigan State cheerleading squad. Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... WKAR-TV is a PBS-affiliated station in East Lansing, Michigan. ...

In January of 1949, as a senior at MSU, Beals got a call to do a radio commercial for WXYZ, Detroit. After the show, the director asked him to be on call for all the kid's voices, on all three network radio shows produced by WXYZ - The Lone Ranger, Green Hornet and Challenge of the Yukon. WXYZ is the ABC affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Lone Ranger. ... Green Hornet has several meanings: The Green Hornet character, created by George W. Trendle. ... Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroits station WXYZ (as had The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet). ...

In 1952, after performing in an episode of the Green Hornet, WXYZ station manager Jack McCarthy referred Beals to Forrest Owen of Wade Advertising. Owen showed Beals a rendering of a proposed product spokesman for their client, Alka-Seltzer and had him record a voice audition. Four months later, Beals was notified that he had been selected as the voice for Speedy Alka-Seltzer.

Beals moved to Los Angeles where he continued making commercials as Speedy Alka-Seltzer and also provided voices for other commercials, such as Oscar Mayer, the Campbell Soup Kids, and Bob's Big Boy.

In 1953, Beals was hired to do the voice for his first cartoon character. This was Ralph Phillips, a Walter Mitty type boy in From A to Z-Z-Z-Z by Warner Brothers. The cartoon was nominated for an academy award. Information Nickname(s) The Old Man (in one fantasy) Occupation unknown; various fantasy occupations Title Commander, Doctor (in fantasies) Spouse(s) unnamed except as Mrs. ... From A to Z-Z-Z-Z is a 1953 animated cartoon short by Chuck Jones in the Looney Tunes series. ...

Beals continued doing voices for Warner Brothers cartoons, often as un-credited secondary characters. When Hanna-Barbera started with the Flintstones, and then The Jetsons, Beals did many of the kid's voices on those shows, sometimes performing several different minor characters on the same show. One of his recurring roles was as Mr. Spacely's son Arthur on The Jetsons. Warner Bros. ... The cast of The Flintstones, from left to right: Betty, Barney, Fred, Wilma and Dino. ... The Jetsons is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. ...

Beals voiced the famous claymation character Gumby when it was first televised on NBCin 1957. From 1960 to 1964, he played the voice of Davey Hansen, as well as other child voices, on Davey and Goliath. He did not do any voices for that series after 1965, when Norma McMillan replaced him as Davey Hansen. The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... Gumby and Pokey This article is about the animated character. ... This article is about the television network. ... Davey and Goliath was the title of a 1960s stop-motion animated television series. ...

Beals provided voices for both the characters "Yank" and "Dan" of the "American Eagles" troupe in the mid-1960s cartoon series Roger Ramjet. He was the voice of Buzz Conroy, the boy scientist on Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles, and Richie Rich's naughty cousin, Reggie Van Dough on Richie Rich. Beals was also the voice of Birdboy on Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. DVD Cover for the entire series. ... Frankenstein, Jr. ... Richie Rich, sometimes spelt as Ri¢hie Ri¢h, is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired on ABC from 1980 to 1984. ... Birdman Birdman and the Galaxy Trio was animated science fiction series created by Alex Toth for Hanna-Barbera. ...

During the late 1980's, Beal provided the voices for various characters on Garfield and Friends. There was also an unrelated childrens television series, titled Garfield Goose and Friends, that ran from the 1950s through the 1970s. ...

In 1996, Beals provided the voice of the Pinochio puppet the horror film Pinochio's Revenge.

Beals continues doing occasional voice acting, appears as a guest at Old Time Radio conventions and works as a motivational speaker. He is active as an alumni of Michigan State University and in his spare time he enjoys spending time on his yacht. Old-Time Radio (OTR) or The Golden Age of Radio is a term used to refer to radio programs that were broadcast during the 1920s through the late 1950s (with some outlying programs produced earlier and later) in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada and...

Beals wrote in his autobiography, "Think Big". His high voice and boyish appearance are due to a glandular problem; he did not go through puberty (much like Walter Tetley, who had provided the voice for Sherman on "The Bullwinkle Show"). Beals is 4 foot 7 inches tall and just under 70 pounds. Despite his short stature, he has been able to fly planes using modified controls. Walter Tetley (b. ...

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