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John Stephenson

Birth Date: August 9, 1923 / Age: 94
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Also Credited as: John Stevenson

Biography: John Stephenson (b. August 9, 1923, Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an American voice actor. He has also been credited as "John Stevenson." Stephenson worked for decades for Hanna-Barbera, providing supporting voices for 1960s and 1970s animated television series such as Top Cat, Scooby-Doo, the Jetsons, and Jonny Quest among many others; Stephenson has also been the voice of Mr. Slate, Fred Flintstone's hard-edged boss at Slate Rock and Gravel Company, from the original Flintstones series up through the present. During the 1980s, he contributed to notable cartoons of the period such as the Smurfs, G.I. Joe, and Transformers.

Stephenson is perhaps best "known," however, as the narrator in the classic television series Dragnet (1967-1970), in which he uttered the words "Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."

Stephenson was all over Hanna-Barbera cartoons throughout the '60s and '70s. He voiced MANY nameless and one-time characters on a host of Saturday morning cartoons. In "Squiddly Diddley", John was Chief Wenchley. On "Breezly and Sneezly", John was Col Fusby. In "Richochet Rabbit", John was the boss as well. Stephenson seemed to always voice tough-guys or authority types. On "Scooby-Doo", Stephenson typically voiced the cop. Sometimes he was the villain. In "Laff-a-Lympics", John gave voice to Doggie Daddy {who sounded like Jimmy Durante} and the co-host, Mildew Wolf (originally voiced by Paul Lynde on the "It's the Wolf" shorts). On the Really Rottens team in "Laff-a-Lympics", John was heard as Dread Baron, a sort of reincarnation of Dick Dastardly; plus John was heard as The Great Fondoo, in a Bela Lugosi-type voice. Stephenson was also known for his take on Joe Flynn, an actor from "McHale's Navy". Stephenson applied that Joe Flynn nasal-voice to Finkerton in "Inch High Private Eye" and Mr Peevly in "Hair Bear Bunch". His lasting impact however, will be Mr Slate in all of those many, many, MANY episodes down through the years of "The Flintstones" in all the various formats.

Biography Credit: Wikipedia

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Starring/Leading Roles

Treasury Men in Action (1950) ... Agent Trumbull (1955)

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