Voiceover performer Arthur “Art” Gilmore, died Sept. 25 in Irvine, Calif., of natural causes. He was 98.
After a stint in Washington State’s radio station KWSC, Gilmore worked at Seattle’s KOL. By the ’30s he was a staff announcer for KFWB in Hollywood.
He started as a radio announcer for such shows as “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” “The Sears Radio Theater” and “Red Ryder” before seguing to TV lending his voice to programs including “The George Gobel Show,” “An Evening With Fred Astaire” and “Highway Patrol.”
During WWII, he served in the Navy, before returning to showbiz.
Gilmore was Red Skelton’s announcer on CBS and NBC. He also appeared on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Waltons” and “Dragnet.” In film, he was the voice heard in trailers and documentaries throughout the ’50s and ’60s, including for “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “War of the Worlds,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “White Christmas.”
Gilmore served as the national president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists from 1961 to 1963 and helped found the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He taught announcing at the U. of Southern California and co-authored “Television and Radio Announcing.”
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Grace; two daughters; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Donations may be made to the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic at 5022 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.