Gumby Falls Silent: Dick Beals, Voice of Cartoon Icon, Dies

As a spokesman for more than 3,000 products beginning in the 1950’s, Richard “Dick” Beals certainly made his voice work hard for the money. But the iconic voice was best known for giving life to the iconic green cartoon Gumby, best known for his adventures with his horse Pokey. Now, unfortunately, that voice has gone forever silent. Beals was 85 when he passed away today in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times. He often got jobs that required a “child-like” sound, because his voice hadn’t changed since elementary school due to a glandular issue. A family friend reported his passing to the paper.