Donald E. Messick, an actor whose voice gave life to such popular animated TV characters as Scooby Doo, Papa Smurf, Boo Boo Bear and Bamm-Bamm, died Oct. 25 of natural causes in Salinas. He was 71.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., and reared in Maryland, Messick showed early talent for voices as a ventriloquist.
Following service in the Army during World War II, he came to Hollywood and was cast in the radio series “The Raggedy Anne Show.” He later provided the voices to television puppet shows.
In 1957, Messick was cast in Hanna-Barbera’s first TV series under its own banner, initiating a long association with the production team.
Messick is survived by his wife, his son and a brother.
Donations in Messick’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 2700 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940.