Laugh-In's Gary Owens Dead at 80

Gary Owens Dead

Gary Owens, best known as the announcer for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, died Thursday at the age of 80, the Associated Press reports.

Owens appeared on many TV shows during his seven-decade career, including Lucille Ball and Bob Hope specials.

He also lent his voice to hundreds of programs, such as Sesame Street and Yogi’s Treasure Hunt and, more recently, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wizards of Waverly Place, Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory.

Owens passed away at his Los Angeles-area home and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arleta, and their two sons.

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6 Comments
  1. Marci says:

    Gary was great on Laugh-In, but I remember him best as a disk jockey on radio station KMPC in Los Angeles. RIP, Gary. Thanks for the hours of entertainment you provided.

    • Bonnie says:

      Couldn’t agree more, growing up we had KMPC on all the time and Gary Owens and Dick Whittinghill were the top two favorites–he will be truly missed.

  2. Sheldon W. says:

    While Owens will always be the Laugh-In guy, I’ll always have fond memories of him as the narrator/lead on a little radio series about that Wonderful White Winged Weekend Warrior, Chickenman (‘He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere!’).

    RIP, sir!

    • K2 says:

      OMG! I totally forgot about Chickenman! When I was a kid I would go to the local community pool and they would play it over the loudspeakers. My mom would yell at me for coming home late because I would stay and listen to the next installment.

  3. Wayne Brooks says:

    No mention of SPACE GHOST???? Are you kidding????