Don Pietromonaco, actor and veteran voiceover coach, died Friday in Westwood from complications due to emphysema. He was 61.

In 1963, Pietromonaco started off at radio station KXOK St. Louis and quickly became the most popular disc jockey in the city. He donned the name Johnny Rabbit and created the voice character Bruno J. Grunion, entertaining each night for six years.

In later years Pietromonaco worked in film and TV and on the stage, appearing in Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo” starring Charles Laughton.

As a voiceover artist, Pietromonaco worked with Casey Kasem and Dave Madden.

Beginning in 1971, Pietromonaco taught voice acting to scores of students, including Randi Thomas, the voice of the Academy Awards ceremony, and Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of “Babe.”

Pietromonaco is survived by his mother, Francis Spawn, two daughters and a son.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1218 Glendon, Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park.

Family suggests donations be sent to the American Lung Assn. For further information call: (310) 821-9759.

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