Thurl Ravenscroft (1914–2005)

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Born in 1914, raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, Thurl Ravenscroft served as a navigator in the US Army Air Transport Command in World War II before settling in Hollywood. An accomplished singer, he performed with The Sportsmen Quartet, The Mellowmen Quartet, The Johnny Mann Singers, and many major stars, including Jim Nabors and Elvis Presley. He was ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Aristocats Russian Cat
Gnomeo & Juliet Soundtrack


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 1999 I Am Weasel (TV Series short)
I.M. Weasel
- My Blue Hiney (1999) ... I.M. Weasel (singing voice)
 1999 Tarzan
Elephants (uncredited)
 1998 Mulan
Singer (uncredited)
 1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (Video)
Kirby (voice)
 1997 Hercules
Lava Titan (uncredited)
 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (Video)
Kirby (voice)
 1996 Superior Duck (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Singer (uncredited)
 1996 James and the Giant Peach
Rhino (uncredited)
 1995/I Pocahontas
Indians (uncredited)
 1995 A Goofy Movie
Bus Driver (uncredited)
 1992 Aladdin
Genie Jafar (uncredited)
 1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (Short)
The Black Hole (voice, uncredited)
 1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Disneyland Fun (Video short)
Lead singer
 1989 Splash Mountain (Video Game)
Bullfrogs (voice)
 1987 The Simpsons: Tracey Ullman Shorts (TV Series short)
- Football (1987) ... Dog (uncredited)
 1987 The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.4 (1987) ... Dogs (uncredited)
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster
Kirby (voice)
 1978 The Small One (Short)
Potter (voice, uncredited)
 1977 The Hobbit (TV Movie)
Goblin / Orc / Bolg / ... (voice, uncredited)
 1977 Donny and Marie (TV Series)
Darth Vader / Narrator
- Episode #3.1 (1977) ... Darth Vader / Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Bass Vocals / Black Pot (voice, uncredited)
 1975 The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad (Short)
J. Thaddeus Toad (voice)
 1972-1973 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (TV Series)
Waldo / Voices
- Nanny and the Professor (1972) ... Voices (voice)
 1972 The Lorax (TV Short)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1961-1971 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Baloo the Bear / Stromboli / Singing Caterpillar
- Disney on Parade (1971) ... Baloo the Bear / Stromboli (voice, uncredited)
- The Coyote's Lament (1961) ... Singing Caterpillar (singing voice, uncredited)
 1971 The Cat in the Hat (TV Short)
Thing 1 (voice)
 1971 Stand Up and Cheer (TV Series)
 1970 The Aristocats
Russian Cat (voice)
 1970 The Phantom Tollbooth
Lethargian (voice, uncredited)
 1970 Horton Hears a Who! (TV Short)
Wickersham Brother (voice, uncredited)
 1969 The Love God?
Choir Singer (uncredited)
 1968 The Night Before Christmas (TV Short)
 1966 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Movie)
Singer 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
- Jed and the Countess (1965) ... Humphrey (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Man from Button Willow
Reverend / Saloon Man#2 (voice, uncredited)
 1964 Mary Poppins
Hog / Andrew's Whimper (voice, uncredited)
 1963 The Sword in the Stone
Black Bart (voice, uncredited)
 1963 It Happened at the World's Fair
The Mellomen (uncredited)
 1962 Gay Purr-ee
Singing Hench Cat (uncredited)
 1961 Babes in Toyland
Trees (singing voice, uncredited)
 1961 Donald and the Wheel (Short)
Spirit of Progress, Senior (voice, as The Mellomen)
 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Captain (voice)
 1960 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Enrico Scortachini
- Christmas Show (1960) ... Enrico Scortachini (uncredited)
 1959-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Nebuchadnezzar / Goliath - Voice
- The Story of Judith (1960) ... Nebuchadnezzar
- The Stone (1959) ... Goliath - Voice (uncredited)
 1959 Noah's Ark (Short)
Shem / Ham / Japeth (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
Bass Singer in Barbershop Quartet
- Second Honeymoon (1959) ... Bass Singer in Barbershop Quartet
 1959 The Rifleman (TV Series)
- The Challenge (1959) ... Balladeer (voice, uncredited)
 1958 Paul Bunyan (Short)
Paul Bunyan (voice)
 1958 South Pacific
Stewpot (singing voice, uncredited)
 1957 The Story of Anyburg U.S.A. (Short)
Cyrus P. Sliderule (voice, uncredited)
 1956 You Can't Run Away from It
Reporter (uncredited)
 1956 Design for Dreaming (Short) (voice)
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Harry Wilson (voice, uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me
Singer (uncredited)
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Opera Singer
- High Pitch (1955) ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
 1954 Pigs Is Pigs (Short)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1954 Rose Marie
Indian Medicine Man (uncredited)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
The Mellomen (uncredited)
 1952 Trick or Treat (Short)
Jack-o'lantern (voice, uncredited)
 1952 Because You're Mine
Singer in Radio Commercial (uncredited)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland
Card Painter (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Rooty Toot Toot (Short)
Jonathan Bailey, Honest John the Crook (voice)
 1950 Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (TV Movie)
Tall Bass Singer (uncredited)
 1950 Cinderella
Mouse (voice)
 1949 Arson, Inc.
Singer at Party (uncredited)
 1948 So Dear to My Heart
Bull / Robert Bruce (voice, uncredited)
 1948 Melody Time
Big Toot (uncredited)
 1946 Apple Andy (Short)
Apple Worm (uncredited)
 1944 Springtime for Pluto (Short)
Singing Caterpillar (singing voice, uncredited)
 1942 Lost Canyon
Tall Bass-Singing Ranch Hand - The Sportsmen Quartette (uncredited)
 1942 Wacky Blackout (Short)
Carrier Pigeon (singing voice)
 1942 Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die
Quartet Member (uncredited)
 1941 Jingle Belles (Short)
Singer (as The Sportsmen)
 1941 Puddin' Head
Member of The Sportsmen Quartet (as The Sportsman Quartette)
 1941 Fire Cheese (Short)
Fires (uncredited)
 1940 The Constable (Short)
Pigs (uncredited)
 1940 Prehistoric Porky (Short)
Lizard Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1940 Little Blabbermouse (Short)
Chew Tobacco (voice, uncredited)
 1940 Pilgrim Porky (Short)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1940 Isle of Destiny
Sportsman Quartet Member
 1940 Pinocchio
Monstro (uncredited)
 1939 Sioux Me (Short)
Indian Bass Singer (voice, uncredited)
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Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Other Works:

(1950s-60s) Radio commercial: Great Northern Railway (voice of "Rocky the Mountain Goat"). See more »

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Alternate Names:

The Mellomen | Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft | The Sportsman Quartette | The Sportsmen


6' 5" (1.96 m)


June Seamans  (her death)  (2 children)

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Personal Quote:

I'm the only man in the world that has made a career with one word: Grrrrreeeat!


Was inadvertently omitted from the credits of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), after which producers Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss took out a full-page ad in "Variety" to correct the oversight. See more »


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