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. A year later, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island was released in his memory.
Notable Roles Messick Played:
- The Alvin Show: Various voices.
- Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines: Muttley
- The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: Dum Dum, Pockets, Snoozy, Zippy
- The Flintstones: Bamm-Bamm Rubble
- The Jetsons: Astro, RUDI, Uniblab
- Scooby-Doo: Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo
- The Smurfs: Papa Smurf, Dreamy Smurf, Azrael
- Yogi Bear: Boo Boo, Ranger Smith
- Snagglepuss: Major Minor
- Josie and the Pussycats: Sebastian and Bleep
- Hong Kong Phooey: Spot
- Jonny Quest: Dr. Benton Quest (taking over for John Stephenson), Bandit
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Hamton J. Pig
- The Transformers: Gears, Ratchet, Scavenger, Doctor Andrews
- King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow: Ali, Sense Gnomes
- Challenge of the SuperFriends: The Scarecrow
- Space Ghost: Blip, Zorak, Sisto, Moltar, Creature King
- Shazzan: Kaboobie
- Birdman (1967): Falcon 7, Avenger, additional voices
- The Galaxy Trio: Vapor Man
- Foofur: Pepe
- The Ruff & Reddy Show: Ruff, narrator, Salt Water Daffy, Professor Gismo
- Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch: Scrambles
- Drak Pack: Fly and Toad
- The Godzilla Power Hour: Godzooky
- Moby Dick: Moby Dick the Whale and Scooby the Seal
- Freakazoid!: Dr. Vernon Danger
- Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies: Harvey Kinkle
- Mr. and Mrs. J. Evil Scientist: Junior