Michael Rye, 94, was Cartoondom’s Lone Ranger

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Michael Rye

Michael Rye

Voiceover actor Michael Rye, who had the title role in the 1966 For­mat Films car­toon series “The Lone Ranger,” died Sun­day in Los Ange­les after a short ill­ness. He was 94.

Rye was a main­stay in many car­toon series and radio shows.

Born J. Rior­den Bills­bury in Chicago, he voiced Duke Igth­orn and King Gre­gor, Malsinger and Troll the horse on Disney’s “Gummi Bears,” and Green Lantern and Apache Chief on “The All-New Super Friends Hour” and “Chal­lenge of the “Super Friends.”

Rye was Mr. Slaghoople in 1986’s “The Flint­stone Kids.”

He was part of the Hanna-Barbera sta­ble of voice actors, and was heard often in “Scooby-Doo,” “Pound Pup­pies” and many other HB car­toon series.

Dur­ing the Golden Age of radio, Rye acted in about 40 net­work shows dur­ing an aver­age week. He had the lead role on “Jack Arm­strong — The All Amer­i­can Boy.” As well, he was Gary Cur­tis on “Ma Perkins,” Tim Lawrence on “The Guid­ing Light,” and Pem­brook on “Back­stage Wife.”

Michael Rye is sur­vived by his wife, the for­mer Patri­cia Foster.

Dona­tions may be made to the Amer­i­can Can­cer Society.

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