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Daws Butler

Daws Butler in the 1960s, standing next to a couple of his famous vocal creations.

Charles Dawson Butler (November 16, 1916–May 18, 1988) was one of Hanna-Barbera's most prolific voice actors, contributing the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss, among others.

Butler began his career doing various voices for MGM, as well as Walter Lantz's Smedley the dog (this voice would later be transferred to Huckleberry Hound). He joined Hanna-Barbera in 1957 with their first TV cartoon, The Ruff & Reddy Show.

Butler often used various celebrities of the day as the starting point for his vocal characterizations, but would adapt them until the characters were distinctively his own. Yogi Bear was originally based on Art Carney, Hokey Wolf came from Phil Silvers and Snagglepuss was based on Bert Lahr.

In 1975, Butler started a voice acting class that helped give birth to the careers of Nancy Cartwright, Corey Burton and Greg Burson, the last of whom took over many of Butler's voices after his passing.

Voices that Daws Butler performed for H-B

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