Comedian and legendary voice actor Chuck McCann, the voice behind the “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” commercials, has died died of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital at age 83.
“His work was legendary,” said his publicist Edward Lozzi. “What baby boomer doesn’t know cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?”
McCann got his start in local radio and television doing voices, puppetry work and standup comedy, later starring in children’s television programs such as Lunch with Soupy Sales and The Captain Kangaroo Show and Rootie Kazootie. In later years, he was known for doing the voice Scrooge McDuck’s butler Duckworth in DuckTales, and “The Thing” Ben Grimm in the ’90s animated cartoon The Fantastic Four.
I’m very sad to report that Chuck McCann has passed away at the age of 83.
I had the pleasure of having him on our podcast 5 years ago. It was such a delight to speak with him. He was truly a legend. We will miss him…
— Tim Nydell (@SaturdayRewind) April 9, 2018
Chuck McCann, 83
(Sept 2, 1934-Apr 8, 2018)
Chuck’s career on TV began as a much-beloved children’s show host on local NYC channels @wpix and WNEW. These comedy variety shows allowed him to showcase his talents along with a cast of puppets and screenings of Laurel & Hardy shorts. pic.twitter.com/aRrVn9OW0r
— RealGilbertACP (@RealGilbertACP) April 9, 2018
Sorry to hear about the passing of Chuck McCann. Like so many talented performers, he did about a million things over a long career. But I personally remember him best as (the really excellent) voice of The Thing from the 90s Fantastic Four cartoon. pic.twitter.com/HKXAQLPzE0
— Jon Huff (@jonwesleyhuff) April 9, 2018