Veteran animation voice actor Henry Corden has passed away at the age of 85. Corden, who took over the role of Fred Flintstone with Alan Reed’s death in 1977, died of emphysema on Thursday night at a hospital in Encino, Calif. One of his cartoon co-stars, Howard Morris, followed him up to the big recording booth in the sky on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Corden moved to Hollywood in the 1940s and appeared in a string of bit parts in film and television before landing bigger supporting roles in the ’60s. His bread and butter, however, was made as one of Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon go-to guys, lending his voice to such shows as Secret Squirrel, Atom Ant, The New Tom & Jerry Show and Josie and the Pussycats.
Filling Reed’s shoes as everyone’s favorite prehistoric patriarch, Corden recorded dialogue for the 1977 series Fred Flintstone and Friends, and stayed with the character through numerous series, specials and commercials up until just recently. He also provided Fred’s voice for SouthPeak Interative’s 2000 video-game release, Flintstones Bedrock Bowling.
"While he may be best remembered for being the voice of Fred Flintstone the last 25 years, Harry was a part of the Hanna-Barbera family for more than four decades, lending his voice–and his inimitable talent–to countless characters from series like Jonny Quest and The Jetsons to Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs," comments Joseph Barbera. "He will be greatly missed.”
Corden is survived by his second wife and two children from his prior marriage.
Morris was well known for playing town kook Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show, but to cartoon fans he was the voice of Atom Ant and many other classic Hanna-Barbera characters including Jet Screamer on The Jetsons. In addition, Morris lent his voice to a number of Disney features and was Jughead on the Filmation series The Archie Show (1968), The Archie comedy Hour (1969), Archie’s Fun House (1970) and Archie’s TV Funnies (1971). Other TV credits include Duck Tails, Tale Spin, Garfield and Friends and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.