Casey Kasem a well known DJ who created the the American Top 40 and voice actor who provided the voice of Shaggy Rogers from 1969–1997 and then again from 2002-2009 died on Sunday at the age of 82.
Kasem’s children Kerri, Mike and Julie released a statement saying. “Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken … The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”
Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit in 1932. He first got into radio in high school, but discovered he had a talent for it while serving in the Army while in Korea. He was a DJ on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
The “American Top 40” created by Kasem in 1970 counted down the 40 most popular songs in the U.S. based on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 music chart. When it first aired it did so on only seven radio stations. Originally three hours it expanded to four by the late ’70s.
Beginning in 1969 he provided the voice of Shaggy Rogers on the “Scooby-Doo” animated series.
As the voice of Robin on the “Super Friends” animated series, he was one of two voice actors who voiced a character during the series’ entire run the other being Danny Dark as the voice of Superman. He also voiced the character Cliffjumper on The Transformers in 1984 and The Transformers: The Movie in 1986.
In an interview he once did for the New York Times, Kasem told them.
“Shaggy is one of my claims to fame, but I think Casey surpasses him a little bit. However, one will last longer than the other, and Shaggy will go on forever. They are going to be playing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo for eons and eons, and they’re going to forget Casey Kasem—unless they happen to step on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’ll be one of those guys people say ‘Who’s that?’ about. And someone else will say, ‘He’s just some guy who used to be on the radio.”
Casey Kasem is survived by his second wife, Jean, whom he married in 1985, and four children.
Casey Kasem 1932 – 2014
“Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”