News outlets are reporting that Casey Kasem, who’d been in declining health for some time, has passed away at the age of 82.
Kasem is famous for his top 40 countdown radio show, which I used to listen to as a teenager. He’s also famous as being the original and longtime voice of Shaggy Rogers from “Scooby-Doo,” which I and everyone else my age grew up watching.
Casey Kasem also did some other voicework, including Peter Cottontail in the Rankin-Bass “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” Easter special. Kasem was also the first voice of Robin for animation (and one of the longest-tenured Robin voices), voicing Robin for the late 60s Filmation Batman cartoon, as well as the various “Super Friends” series. A recent comic, “Scooby-Doo Team-Up,” had a Kasem reference where Daphne and Fred note how Robin and Shaggy “sound similar” to each other.
Casey’s last voicework as Shaggy was in the DVD film “Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword,” after which he officially retired from the role, though he voiced Shaggy (uncredited) for a BBC children’s charity special. Kasem’s final voice work was for “Scooby-Doo: Mystery, Incorporated” as Shaggy’s father. Kasem had voiced Shaggy’s father in a few previous series as well, usually using his regular speaking voice.