Burton Sharp, founder of ADR Voice Services, died Sept. 25 in Van Nuys, Calif. of cancer. He was 74.
Sharp served as ADR group coordinator for numerous pics including: “Dances with Wolves,” “Independence Day,” “Black Hawk Down” and ‘Good Will Hunting.”
For pics “My Girl,” “Hannibal” and “Dumb and Dumber,” Sharp handled voice casting.
His career in the entertainment industry was not his first career, but came later in life.
Sharp attended Hollywood High School before joining the Los Angeles Times Mirror as an apprentice photo engraver. In 1950, he enlisted in the Air Force as a still photographer and reconnaissance photo analyst.
After leaving as a staff sergeant in 1954, Sharp pursued a career in advertising which led him to Mexico as a marketing representative for Monsanto. There he participated in local English language productions and developed a taste for the business.
When the family returned to Los Angeles in 1981, Sharp started his own voice-over business and worked full-time in the industry.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary and six children: Michele Sharp, Pamela Sharp, Karen Sharp Lancaster, David Sharp, Daniel Sharp and Stacie Sharp, all of whom work in production or post-production.