82 (passed away Jun. 15th, 2014)
Apr. 27th, 1932
Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (born April 27, 1932) is an American former radio personality and voice actor, known for being the host of the nationally syndicated Top 40 countdown show American Top 40 and for playing the character Shaggy in the Saturday morning cartoon franchise Scooby-Doo.
Kasem, Don Bustany and Ron Jacobs founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from 1970 to 1988 and from 1998 to 2004. Between January 1989 and early 1998, he was the host of Casey's Top 40, Casey's Hot 20, and Casey's Countdown. Also beginning in 1998 Kasem hosted two adult contemporary spinoffs of American Top 40, American Top 20 and American Top 10. Kasem retired from AT20 and AT10 on July 4, 2009 and both shows ended on that day.
In addition to his radio shows, Kasem has provided the voice of many commercials; has done many voices for Sesame Street; provided the character voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass production of Here Comes Peter Cottontail; was the voice of NBC; helps out with the annual Jerry Lewis telethon; and provided the cartoon voices of Robin in Super Friends, Mark on Battle of the Planets, and a number of characters for the Transformers cartoon series of the 1980s. In 2008, he was the voice of Out of Sight Retro Night which aired on WGN America, but was replaced by rival Rick Dees. After 40 years, Casey retired from his role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, although he did voice Shaggy's father in the 2010 TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem has followed in her father's footsteps by hosting the nationally syndicated Sixx Sense and The Sideshow Countdown for Clear Channel Communications, among other shows.
Kasem's signature sign-off was "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
- As the voice of Robin on The Superfriends, he was one of two voice actors who voice a character during the show's entire run (the other was Danny Dark as the voice of Superman).
- Father of 'Kerri Kasem' (qv) and 'Mike Kasem' (qv)
- A veteran DJ/host of The American Top 40 Countdown syndicated radio show
- The last show of the "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem" was aired 4 January 2004
- Hit #103 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1964 with "A Letter from Elaina" (Warner 5474)
- Currently hosts the daily 3-5 minute radio show "America's Top Hits." It features one song and a story about the song or arist of the day.
- He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
- The youngest member ever to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from Billboard Magazine in 1997.
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