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Gary Owens, 'Laugh-In' announcer and voice of 'Space Ghost,' dies at 80

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Gary Owens, announcer for Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, died Thursday at his Los Angeles area home. He was 80.

Owens was best known as the voice behind the late ’60s, early ’70s sketch comedy series.

But he was also a longtime local and national radio personality and host, creating the phrase, “Beautiful downtown Burbank,” later used as a nightly catchphrase by Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. 

Owens provided the original voice of Space Ghost, and did voiceover work for over 3,000 other cartoons,Variety reported.

He also appeared in over a dozen films and TV shows, including appearances as himself on I Dream of JeannieThe Electric Company, and the 1980 Bob Hope for President television special.

Donations may be made in his remembrance to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, an illness he himself suffered from.