Born in London
, England on October 30, 1934, Hamid Hamilton Camp
was evacuated during World War II
to the United States as a child with his mother and sister(s). He became a child actor in films and onstage, originally performing under the name "Bob Camp"; he later changed his name to Hamilton after joining the Subud spiritual movement.
Hamilton Camp became well-known as Bob Camp
when he played in a folk duo with Bob Gibson. Their influential album, Gibson and Camp at the Gate of Horn
, was recorded in Chicago
in 1961. When they broke up, Camp continued to work as a solo act. He began using the name Hamilton Camp musically around the time his solo album Paths of Victory
was released in 1964.
After working as a child actor, Camp began acting again in 1961 with the Second City in Chicago, and with The Committee in San Francisco
in the mid-60s, leading to television and theatre work, and occasional films. One of his early appearances on American TV was the very
short-lived sketch show Turn-On
in 1969, which, in most affiliates, was canceled 10 minutes into the first episode due to complaints that it was too raunchy/too horrible to be seen (other affiliates either banned the show or aired the entire episode and never reran it).
In addition to his live action work, Camp became a well-known voice actor
. He provided voice roles for many studios, including Disney
. His most notable role for Disney
was the high-strung accountant Fenton Crackshell and his alter-ego Gizmoduck, an affectionate parody
and Darkwing Duck
; for Hanna-Barbera
, he did voices for Scooby-Doo
and The Smurfs
, among other series.
Camp occasionally returned to music over the years, and released a new album in 1999 called Mardi's Bard
, dedicated to the late Mardi Arquette, the wife of Lewis, and mother of Rosanna, Patricia, David, Alexis and Richmond.
He married Rasjadah Lisa Jovita Cisz in 1961, and they had six children. His wife Rasjadah died in 2002. Haamilton Camp died suddenly of a heart attack on October 2, 2005 in Los Angeles
, four weeks before his 71st birthday. He is survived by his six children and thirteen grandchildren.
He has a website
dedicated to him.
Tropes exhibited by him: