'Laugh-In' announcer, voiceover veteran Gary Owens dies
Los Angeles – (AP) — The man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" has died. Gary Owens was 80 years old.
Owens' family said Friday that the veteran voiceover star died Thursday at his Los Angeles-area home.
Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen movies and on scores of TV shows, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope specials. He also voiced hundreds of animated characters, recorded a comedy album and wrote two books.
Owens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and their sons, Scott and Chris. Owens suffered from diabetes and the family asks that donations be made to the Children's Diabetes Foundation in lieu of flowers.