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Laugh-In's Arte Johnson Dead at 90

Laugh-In's Arte Johnson Dead at 90
Arte Johnson, an Emmy Award-winning comedian best known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, died Wednesday at the age of 90, our sister publication Variety reports, citing heart failure as his official cause of death.

Born Jan. 20, 1929 in Benton Harbor, Mich., Johnson appeared in a number of TV shows and movies before landing a spot on Laugh-In, the NBC sketch comedy series (1968–1971) that made him a household name. Among his more popular characters was Wolfgang, a German soldier who didn’t seem to realize that World War II had ended. Wolfgang came equipped with an iconic catchphrase (“Verrrry interesting…
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Arte Johnson, Emmy-Winning ‘Laugh-In’ Star, Dies at 90

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Arte Johnson, Emmy-Winning ‘Laugh-In’ Star, Dies at 90
Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for his work on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died at the age of 90.

Johnson died of heart failure on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news Wednesday. His death followed a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer.

The actor starred on “Laugh-In” from 1968 to 1973, playing a variety of characters including his best known, the Nazi soldier Wolfgang, who is known for his catchphrase, “Very interesting.” The phrase would go on to become the title of his own sketch comedy special, which aired on NBC in 1970.

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For his work on “Laugh-In,” Johnson was awarded an Emmy in 1969 and received two additional nominations.

His other TV roles included appearances on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Bewitched,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “Lost in Space.” In
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Arte Johnson, ‘Laugh-In’ Star, Dies at 90

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Arte Johnson, ‘Laugh-In’ Star, Dies at 90
Arte Johnson, Emmy-winning star of 1960s and ’70s comedy sketch show “Laugh-In,” died July 3 in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 90.

On “Laugh-In,” he was most familiar as Wolfgang, the German soldier who thought World War II was still going on. His catchphrase “Very interesting…” was one of many that caught on from the hit show. He won one Emmy for the show and was nominated two more times.

Johnson appeared in early TV series including “Sally” and “Hennesey.” He appeared in the “Twilight Zone” episdoe “The Whole Truth” as a car salesman who punches a used car lot owner.

His other TV appearances included “Bewitched,” “Lost in Space” and “The Donna Reed Show.”

He did voice work for cartoons including “The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo,” “Ducktales” and “Animaniacs.”

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gisela, and his brother, Coslogh. Donations maybe be made to Actors & Others for Animals,
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‘Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost’ DVD Review: A Classic Gets a Modern Twist

Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, now available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is one of the best "Scoob and the Gang" stories in recent memory. Rather than pair the classic team of sleuthing teens and their snack-happy Great Dane with the pro wrestlers of the WWE or a gathering of gourmet chefs, this original tale goes back to the franchise itself for inspiration. In fact, it acts as a concluding installment to the 1985 animated series, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo which left viewers hanging after 13 fun-filled episodes but only …
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Exclusive: ‘Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost’ Clip Goes on a Wild Car Chase

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost! is nearly here, and we have an exclusive clip from the epic road trip to share with you today. The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release, available on Digital and DVD February 5th, sends Scoob and the gang on a thrilling voyage. They're looking for the lost chest containing the spirits of 12 dangerous ghosts in order to capture the elusive 13th ghost that got away. Fans of the classic 80s animated television series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo will finally learn the identity of the 13th ghost in a …
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Don Lusk Dies: Disney Animator On ‘Fantasia’ & ‘Bambi’ Who Later Worked At Hanna-Barbera Was 105

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Don Lusk Dies: Disney Animator On ‘Fantasia’ & ‘Bambi’ Who Later Worked At Hanna-Barbera Was 105
Don Lusk, an animator and director who worked on Disney classics including Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio before moving to Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 105. His longtime friend Navah-Paskowitz Asner, announced the news on social media.

Born on October 28, 1913, in Los Angeles, Lusk was just 20 when he joined the Walt Disney Company just after the Great Depression, as its animation studio was riding high on Mickey Mouse shorts. He would work on those cartoons for his first several years there before contributing to Disney’s second and third toon features, 1940’s Pinocchio and Fantasia. For the latter, Lusk worked on the classic “Nutcracker Suite” and “Pastoral Symphony” segments.

He went on to draw for cartoons and such classic Disney features as Song of the South, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians, among others.
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New Scooby-Doo Movie Will Finally Solve Decades Old 13th Ghost Mystery

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost trailer teases one of the greatest mysteries in the franchise's history. The trailer for the feature-length animated project shows the Mystery Inc. gang back in action after a retirement period. However, the retirement ends quickly as Vincent Van Ghoul messages the crew to get their help. From there, we're treated to some funny antics from Scooby and Shaggy, along with what might be the first time Velma has ever been scared by a real ghost.

Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost comes out on Blu-ray February 5th, 2019. The Mystery Inc. gang has to go find the lost chest that contains the spirits of 12 ghosts in order to find the 13th ghost that they've been hunting for. This mystery has alluded Scooby and team for over 30 years, and fans of the franchise will certainly be excited to finally learn the identity
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Watch the Trailer for Scooby-doo! And The Curse Of The 13th Ghost, Coming to Digital and DVD on February 5th

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If you have fond memories of watching Scooby, Shaggy, and Daphne travel the world with Vincent VanGhoul (voiced by Vincent Price) in the 1985 series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, then you're in for a real treat, as early next year Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will unveil the long-awaited 13th ghost in the new animated movie Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, which will feature the return of Vincent VanGhoul (this time voiced by Maurice Lamarche).

The trailer and details for Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost were exclusively shared on Collider, and you can check them out below.

Directed by Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton, written by Tim Sheridan, and executive produced by Sam Register, Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost features the voices of Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micucci, and the aforementioned Lamarche. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Scooby-Doo! and the
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Heather North, the Voice of Daphne in Numerous Scooby-doo TV Series & Movies, Has Passed Away

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Her voice brought one of the most iconic characters in animation to life every week in people's living rooms, forever cementing her place in TV history and making it all the more difficult to share the news that Heather North, the voice of Daphne in several Scooby-Doo TV series and movies, has passed away.

Numerous outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, have reported the news of North's passing at the age of 71. According to Jodie Mann, a close friend of the North family, Heather passed away on November 30th at her home in Studio City after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Heather North began her journey to voice acting immortality when she took the vocal reins of Daphne in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! in 1970. A key member of the cartoon mystery-solving team (and their vocal Great Dane) created by Hanna-Barbera Productions, Daphne would continue to
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Rip Casey Kasem: We Thank You for Your Dedication to Shagginess and the Pursuit of Terrifying Monsters

On June 15th one of the most recognizable voices in radio and television died, succumbing to lingering complications of Lewy Body Dementia. At 82 years of age the legendary Casey Kasem passed on to the next level of existence.

For America it was a sad day. Despite the fact that hordes of the younger generations couldn’t speak on the man’s accomplishments, they know his voice when they hear it. And we know it too. The longtime, hardcore, deeply rooted genre fans know Kasem for his prolific run as the eventual pop-culture standout character Shaggy Rogers, of the timeless “Scooby-Doo” series.

Shaggy was one of (if not the) first animated stoners to hit commercial television. Hanna-Barbera Productions – to my knowledge, which is creepily thorough in all honesty – never stepped out of the shadows to make it known that Shaggy was a major weed-head (totally expected and for quite obvious reasons
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