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Gary Owens (born Gary Bernard Altman; May 10, 1934 – February 12, 2015) was a disk jockey and voice actor known for his deadpan, baritone voice, his The Comically Serious roles, his habit of cupping his hand to his ear while announcingnote , and his Catch Phrases "Beautiful downtown Burbank", "This is Gary Owens, friend of those who want no friends, going places and losing things.", and "Hello, and also hi; but not necessarily in that order." To an extent, another catchphrase was "Bring me chopper backup!"

He was a gifted punster with a fondness for Word-Salad Humor, which his earnest deadpan delivery made even more hilarious. He often threw a Perfectly Cromulent Word into his radio announcing, dropping such phrases as "We'll be back in just a krenellemuffin" and "I'd like to thank my engineer, Wayne Doo, for creebling at the turntables." As a radio DJ, he urged listeners to send in for "yours", which turned out to be a postcard from him with the word "Yours" written on it. Despite his ability to navigate any amount of silliness with a straight face, he was caught at least once in a famous example of Corpsing, breaking up into hysterics upon realizing that the sponsor of the ad he was reading was a hemorrhoid cream.


His sons Christopher Dane Owens (of "Shine on Me" fame) and Scott Owens are a movie producer and production manager respectively.

He passed away at age 80 from complications involving Type 1 Diabetes, which he had first been diagnosed with at age 8.

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Gary Owens: Preparation H

When Christmas cheer meets a hemorrhoid cream!

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