Voice of Tony the Tiger in more than 500 television commercials also sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." He also provided the voice of Kirby the vacuum in all the Brave Little Toaster movies.
He had his first taste of success singing and playing bass for The Mellomen, a group he co-founded.
He was the original on-board narrator of Disneyland's river boat, the Mark Twain, and Disneyland's monorail.
He grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.
A mistake left him off the credits of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, so producers Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss took out an ad in Variety to add him.