Henry Corden, the voice of cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone’s “Yabba-dabba-doo!” died of emphysema Thursday in Encino, Calif.. He was 85.
He took over as the lovable loudmouth Fred Flintstone when original voice Alan Reed died in 1977. Reed had been doing Flintstone since the character debuted in 1960.
Born in Montreal, Corden moved to New York as a child and arrived in Hollywood in the 1940s. His first role was in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in 1947. He was frequently cast as a thug, appearing in films including “Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion” and “The Ten Commandments,” and in TV shows such as “Dragnet,” “Perry Mason” and “Gunsmoke.”
He moved into voice acting in the 1960s, and deployed his dialect skills in bit parts for Hanna-Barbera, including “Jonny Quest,” “Josie and the Pussycats” and “The New Tom & Jerry Show.” Corden supplied his Fred Flintstone voice for several later series and specials such as “Fred and Barney Meet the Thing” and “A Flintstones Christmas Carol,” as well as in commercials for Pebbles cereal.
Corden is survived by his wife Angelina, two children, three stepchildren and five grandchildren.