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Bob Arbogast
by Kevin S. Butler

Bob Arbogast, the actor who did the voice of "US Gen. G.I. Brassbottom" for the Roger Ramjet TV cartoons is dead!

Mr. Arbogast died on March 21, 2009 at The St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Ca. He was 81 years old and had lost his battle with stage IV lung cancer.

Born in Bellingham, Washington on April 1, 1927 following his service in The US Navy during WWII, Mr. Arbogast enrolled at Los Angels City College and he later studied at The University of Arizona. He left The University Of Arizona to begin his career for a local radio station in Tucson before moving d move to Chicago where, during the early 1950s, Arbogast worked for WMAQ Radio.

He later worked for radio stations in Kansas City and for KSFO and KFRC in San Francisco. By the early 1960's he was working as a scriptwriter for KMPC radio in Los Angles for Dick Whittinghill and for Gary Owens.

Arbogast left KMPC and moved to KLAC in 1967 where he teamed up with fellow radio personality Jack Margolis for a program that was popular with Southern, California listeners for a few years. The pair appeared briefly on KTTV 11 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Arbogast also worked at KFI and at KGBS radio but he will always be remembered for his work as a voiceover actor for cartoons. In 1965 he was signed by Ken Snyder Productions to do the voice of superhero Roger Ramjet's superior officer General G.I. Brassbottom for the popular animated series. (The Roger Ramjet TV cartoons were first seen on The Sandy Becker Show on WNEW TV 5 in NYC in 1966.)

Arbogast played the tough, no-nonsense Army officer who had to put up with Ramjet's incompetence. (The voice of Roger Ramjet was played by Gary Owens.) Mr. Arbogast also did the voice of "Buck Devlin" for an episode of Scooby Doo titled 'Devlin's Dilemma.'

He would be reunited with the cowardly crime fighting dog for an animated TV special The 13 Ghosts Of Scooby Doo. He also worked on two more animated specials - Carlton The Doorman as the voices of of the parrot and the undertaker (based upon the drunken and wise cracking character from the Rhoda sitcom, the voice of "Carlton" was performed by comedy writer Lorenzo Music) - and he provided the voices of Kobold, Trow, and Hunter for Faeries.

He would also provide the voice of Theo for the 1986 movie The Adventures Of The American Rabbit and worked on a pilot The Ruby Eye Of The Gold Monkey for the Terrytunes Production Co. in 1969. He was also the voice of Snogs in The Monchhichis and the voice of "Doc Warren" for the Hot Wheels series.

Arbogast did VO's for The Jetsons, The Smurfs and for Muhammad Ali's forgettable TV cartoon series I Am The Greatest. He also did the voice of "Granny Goose" for the Granny Goose potato chip commercials.

Mr. Arbogast tried his hand collaborating on a recording with fellow comedy writer Stanley Ralph Ross (one of the writers for the Batman and Wonder Woman TV shows). Together they created and performed on a 45 RPM disc titled 'Chaos Parts 1 & 2.' The disc was produced and released by Liberty Records and sold 10,000 copies - unfortunately, it was banned from the air when radio station programming directors realized that the record mocked their programs.

Undaunted, the pair tried another comedy recording 'My Son The Copycat,' the disc was a spoof of Alan Sherman's 'My Son The Folk Singer.' Whether or not this recording was successful is open to question since it is no longer in print.

Bob Arbogast left voiceover work by the 1990s and retired. He is survived by his second wife Jan, his sons Robert (a musical director and bandleader), Ted and Pete, John and Jerry, his daughter Paula, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


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