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Host Of The Nationally Syndicated Top 40 Countdown Show American Top 40 And For Voicing Shaggy In The Saturday Morning Cartoon Franchise Scooby-Doo.
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Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American musician, disc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40, American Top 20 and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.
Kasem founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, along with Don Bustany, Tom Rounds and Ron Jacobs, and hosted 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 spin-offs 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 provided the voice of many commercials; had 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; helped 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, Kasem 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 was born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese immigrant parents. They settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers. Kasem is a graduate of Northwestern High School in Detroit and Wayne State University.
Kasem was a vegetarian. He was of Lebanese Druze heritage. He has been active in politics for years, supporting Lebanese-American and Arab-American causes. Kasem wrote a brochure published by the Arab American Institute entitled "Arab-Americans: Making a Difference."
A political liberal, he narrated a campaign ad for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign. supported Ralph Nader for US President in 2000, and supported progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich in his 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.
Kasem was married to Linda Myers from 1972 to 1979; they had 3 children: Mike, Julie, and Kerri Kasem.
Kasem has been married to actress Jean Kasem since 1980. They have one child, Liberty Jean Kasem.
In October 2013, Kerri Kasem said that her father was suffering from Parkinson's disease; a few months later, she said that Casey Kasem was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, which is often difficult to differentiate from Parkinson's. Due to his condition, he was no longer able to speak.
On October 1, 2013, his three oldest children and his brother protested in front of Kasem's home, claiming that Jean Kasem had prevented contact with their father for 3 months. On October 7, 2013, Julie Kasem and her husband Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn filed a conservatorship petition to place Kasem under their care. However, the court denied their petition.
On May 12, 2014, Kerri Kasem was granted conservatorship over Jean Kasem's objection. The court also ordered an investigation into Casey Kasem's whereabouts, after Jean Kasem's attorney told the court Casey Kasem was "no longer in the United States". Casey Kasem was found soon after in Washington state.
On June 6, 2014, Kasem was in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state, receiving antibiotics for bedsores and treatment for high blood pressure. It was revealed that he has been bedridden for some time.
Judge Daniel S. Murphy ruled that Kasem had to be hydrated, fed, and medicated as a court appointed lawyer reported on his health status. Jean Kasem claimed that he had been given no food, water or medication the previous weekend. Kerri Kasem's lawyer stated that she had him removed from artificial food and water on the orders of a doctor, and in accordance with a document Kasem signed in 2007 requesting he not be held up artificially on life support. Murphy reversed his order the following Monday, after it became known that Kasem's body was no longer responding to the artificial nutrition, allowing the family to place Kasem on "end-of-life" measures over the objections of Jean Kasem.
On June 15, 2014, Kasem died, surrounded by friends and family. Daughter Kerri released a statement on Facebook regarding his death:
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. Thank you for the love and support.
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Kemal Amin Kasem
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Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio personality, voice actor, and actor. He was the host of several music radio countdown programs, notably American Top 40 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009. He also provided the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.
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Disc Jockey, Music Historian, Radio Personality And Actor.
Northwestern High School, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Speech Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin & Associates, Inc.
TV commercial for Intel MMX (voice) (1997), TV commercial for Teledyne Water Pick Flexible Shower Massage (voice) (1997), TV commercial for St. Joseph's Children's Aspirin. (2004), Voiceover for a TV commercial for Ken-L Ration Burger dog food (1973), Voiceover for a TV commercial for Soft & Dry deodorant (1973), (1978) TV commercial for Red Lobster restaurants - Voiceover (United States)
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Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
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