Sound F/X, Voice Actor Ray Erlenborn Dies

Ray Erlenborn, a sound effects artist and actor, passed away from the complications of a bacterial infection on June 4, 2007, in West Hills, California, reports THE BIG CARTOON DATABASE. He was 92 years old.

Erienborn became his career in entertainment as a child actor, appearing in many silent films, including classics, such as Charlie Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS and Harold Lloyd's SAFETY LAST! From there he moved into radio and made the leap to television in the early days. He spent many years working for CBS as a sound effects and laugh track man for such shows as THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR, SONNY AND CHER and THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. He provided animal sounds for DOCTOR DOLITTLE.

For animation, Erienborn provided sound effects for CRUSADER RABBIT. He was also the voice of Rabbit in the short, WINNIE THE POOH DISCOVERS THE SEASONS (1980).

Erienborn came out of retirement in 1997 and appeared on camera doing live sound effects for the PBS Christmas special, MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEORGE BAILEY.

He is survived by his wife, Meredith; a son; two daughters; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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