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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Remembering Casey Kasem 1932 - 2014

Casey Kasem, who died earlier today at age 82, will always be remembered as the host of the music radio programs, American Top 40, American Top 20 and American Top 10, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009 as well as the host of the syndicated television series, America's Top 10 (1980-92). He also provided the voice of "Shaggy" in the Scooby-Doo TV franchise (1969-1995, 2002-09) as well as many other cartoon voices, including "Peter Cottontail" in the 1971 TV special, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, "Robin" in The Batman/Superman Hour (1968-69) and Super Friends (1973-86), and "Alexander Cabot III" in Josie and the Pussycats (1970-71) and Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space (1972-73).

Kasem's film credits include five biker movies - The Glory Stompers (1967) with Dennis Hopper, Wild Wheels (1969), The Cycle Savages (1969) with Bruce Dern, Scream Free! (1969) and The Girls from Thunder Strip (1970). He also appeared in the 1971 science fiction/horror film, The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (with Dern), two movies with Fabian - Soul Hustler (1973) and Disco Fever (1978) - and the 1984 comedy, Ghostbusters (in a voice-over cameo as himself).

Kasem was a co-host of Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1983 to 2005. And in 1977, he was hired as the announcer voice for the ABC sitcom, Soap, but he quit after the pilot episode due to the show's controversial adult themes.

Below you can watch Casey Kasem as the host of America's Top 10 on April 10, 1983, as Scooby-Doo's "Shaggy" during a 1980s Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, in The Glory Stompers and in the trailer for Disco Fever.

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