83-year-old Charles “Chuck” McCann passed away on April 8, 2018, in Los Angeles, California from congestive heart failure. Chuck was a beloved television host, actor, and voice actor who shaped the childhoods of many during their formative years.
Chuck was born in New York City on September 2, 1934. He worked his way up in the television industry to become a star known to New York City children in the 1960’s. He apprenticed on multiple children’s show, including Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie.
Until 1975, he began to host comedy/variety TV puppet shows in the New York City area. He worked with Paul Ashley, whom he met on Rootie Kazootie, to perform shows like The Puppet Hotel for WNTA-TV, and Laurel & Hardy & Chuck, Let’s Have Fun, and The Chuck McCann Show for WPIX.
Then he began his career as a voice actor, and appeared in some of the most beloved commercials! He played Sonny the Cuckoo Bird in the General Mill’s commercials for their cereal, Cocoa Puffs!
During his career, Chuck received credit for over 160 roles, and even received a nomination for a voice acting award! Some of the films he was best known for include Ducktales The Movie, Far Out Space Nuts, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Powerpuff Girls, Iron Man, and Chips!
Chuck passed away in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Betty Fanning, and their two daughters. His son, Sean, died in 2009.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they face this horrific loss. He will be sorely missed by all who had the wonderful chance to get to know him and how amazing of a person he was.
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