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'"Don was one of the nicest people on the planet...and one of the true titans and legends of cartoon voices. At a recording session, I did once hear Don overlap the voice of Scooby and Scrappy — honestly — both voices came out of his mouth at the same moment. We had said that we'd need to overlap their dialog in post, and he said, "Don't bother." His Hamton was the single genuinely nice character in the Tiny Toons series...which fit perfectly for Don."
— Tom Ruegger

Donald Earl Messick (September 7, 1926 October 24, 1997) was a famous voice actor, best known for voicing Hanna-Barbera characters from the late 1950s into the 1990s.

Some of his most famous roles were the Title Character of Scooby-Doo (arguably the role for which he is best remembered), Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones, and Astro from The Jetsons. His characters often had a raspy dialect, which Messick attributed to decades of smoking. He eventually gave up tobacco use in 1995, but the loss of his rasp led to him leaving the role of Scooby.

Sadly, despite quitting, the damage from decades of tobacco use took a toll on his health. In 1996, Messick suffered a stroke while recording voices. He recovered, but decided to retire from voice-over to spend more time with his family. He died of a second one in 1997 at the age of 71. A year later, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island was released in his memory.


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