Ralph Bell, longtime voiceover artist and SAG leader who began his career as a radio performer, died Aug. 2 following a massive heart attack in New York. He was 82.
He landed several roles on Broadway before turning to radio in the late 1940s, portraying characters on such shows as “This Is Nora Drake” (1947), “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” (1949) and “Dimension X” (1950).
Bell’s career suffered during the height of the McCarthy era but eventually got back on track when he wrote scripts for “The Loretta Young Show” and “The George Sanders Show.”
He subsequently began doing voiceovers for commercials.
He became a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild in early 1965 and remained on the board through 1994. He also served as topper of the New York branch of SAG and was a trustee of the Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund.
Bell is survived by his second wife, Patricia Roe Bell, and a son, Stephen Bell, a classical guitarist.