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Music, Lorenzo

Born: 1937 AD
Died: 2001 AD

1937 – born – May 2nd, in Brooklyn, New York. Voice actor, writer, television producer and musician.


He was perhaps best known to international audiences for providing the voice of the animated cartoon cat Garfield and Carlton the doorman on the CBS sitcom Rhoda. He is also known for his roles as Tummi Gummi in Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, also, the Crash Test Dummy in a series of 1980s public service announcements about wearing seat belts in vehicles.



1962 –  Music got his first professional job providing various voices to the cartoon The Jetsons.




1968-1970 – He became a writer and a regular performer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. His work as a writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970 would lead him to his big break. 



1970s-80s – He was the creator of The Bob Newhart Show which went on the air in 1972 and ran for six years; he also co-wrote the theme song to the show with his wife Henrietta. Music continued writing for the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off Rhoda. While casting Rhoda, the producers were looking for a voice actor to play the part of a character that would be heard but never seen: Carlton the doorman. When they heard Music’s sleepy, husky voice, they offered him that role, which made his voice recognizable to a worldwide television audience. Music co-produced and co-wrote a 1980 animated special Carlton Your Doorman which won an Emmy Award.



1980s-90s –  In 1982, Jim Davis’s comic strip Garfield was the most popular strip in America. Compilation books of the strip were topping best seller lists, and Davis was negotiating to make an animated television special. Producers needed someone to voice the main character in the strip: Garfield, a lazy, oafish and demanding cat. After one audition, Music was cast as the voice of Garfield (in Davis’s words, "I looked at the room full of (voice) actors, and then in the corner I saw Lorenzo, quietly licking himself").




                          -He was married to Henrietta Music, they had 4 children.




1994-95 – after both Garfield and Friends and Darkwing Duck went off the air, Music retired from cartoon voice over work, and was briefly replaced as "Garfield" by raspy-voiced Marty Ingles.



1990s – he served as the voice-over for commercials for Ore Ida Potatoes.