Art Gilmore

Show Count: 72
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: March 18, 1912, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Died: September 25, 2010, Irvine, California, USA

Art Gilmore

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Arthur Wells "Art" Gilmore (March 18, 1912 – September 25, 2010) was an American voice actor and announcer whose voice has been heard in radio and television programs, movies, trailers, Radio commercials and documentary films.


Reared in Tacoma, Washington, Gilmore attended Washington State University in 1931, where he was a member of the Chi chapter ofPhi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity. He left school in 1935 to work as an announcer for Seattle's KOL Radio. In 1936 he became a staff announcer for the Warner Brothers' radio station KFWB inHollywood and then moved to the CBS-owned station KNX as a news reader. During World War II, he served as a fighter-directorU.S. Navy officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean.

Leaving the Navy, he decided to become a professional singer and returned to Hollywood. With a group of notable Hollywood radio stars, including Edgar Bergen, Ralph Edwards and Jim "Fibber McGee" Jordan, Gilmore founded Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in 1966. At the time of his death, he was Chairman Emeritus of PPB. The organization presents the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award five times each year to celebrities who have made notable contributions to the broadcasting and related industries.


Gilmore's announcing voice became a part of many classic radio programs. Drawing his inspiration from the radio sports commentators of the 1930s, he became the announcer forAmos 'n AndyThe Adventures of Frank RaceDr. ChristianThe Sears Radio TheaterStars over HollywoodThe Golden Days of Radio and other radio shows. It was Gilmore who introduced Herbert W. Armstrong and Garner Ted Armstrong, reminding listeners to request free religious literature at the conclusion of "The World Tomorrow" on radio and television.


With the advent of television, Gilmore heralded The George Gobel ShowThe Red Skelton ShowAn Evening with Fred Astaire and many others. He narrated 156 episodes ofHighway Patrol with Broderick Crawford, 39 segments of Mackenzie's Raiders with Richard Carlson, and 41 episodes of Men of Annapolis. His television appearances includedThe Mary Tyler Moore ShowAdam-12Emergency!Dragnet and The Waltons. He announced Ronald W. Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" speech in 1964 supporting Barry Goldwater for U.S. President.


Gilmore was heard in films as the voice of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1942 production of Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Gallant Hours (1960) where he was the narrator for Japanese sequences. His dramatic voice was also heard on countless film trailers beginning in the 1940s (he did the trailer for the 1946 film Gilda), and on documentary films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. (He appeared on-camera at the beginning of the trailer for the 1948 thriller The Big Clock.) He narrated the Joe McDoakesseries of short comedies which starred George O'Hanlon, notably "So You Want To Be A Detective" (1948), in which he participated (with the camera as his point-of-view). Gilmore also served as the president of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) from 1961 until 1963.


In addition to his radio-TV work, he provided the narration for many collections of recorded musical works and a large number of recordings for children. Gilmore was also active in reading textbooks for the blind and dyslexic for many years.


Gilmore co-authored the book Television and Radio Announcing.


He died of natural causes on September 25, 2010, aged 98. Gilmore was survived by his wife, Grace; daughters Marilyn and Barbara; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His nephew, Robb Weller, said that his uncle was the reason he chose to work in broadcasting.

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Amazing Mr. Malone, TheAmazing Mr. Malone, The
Show Count: 9
Broadcast History: 11 January 1947 to July 1951
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Gene Raymond, George Petrie, Larry Haines
Director: Bill Rousseau, Richard Lewis
Producer: Bernard L Schubert
Dr ChristianDr Christian
Show Count: 141
Broadcast History: 7 November 1937 to 6 January 1954
Cast: Jean Hersholt, Rosemary DeCamp, Lurene Tuttle, Kathleen Fitz, Helen Claire
Director: Neil Reagan, John Wilkinson, Florence Ortman
Producer: Dorothy McCann
Red RyderRed Ryder
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 1942 to 1951
Sponsor: Langendorf Bread
Cast: Brooke Temple, Carlton KaDell, Reed Hadley, Tommy Cook, Henry Blair, Reed Hanley
Director: Paul Franklin
Producer: Paul Franklin
Stars Over HollywoodStars Over Hollywood
Show Count: 72
Broadcast History: 31st May 1941 - 25th September 1954
Sponsor: Dari Rich Products, Armour and Company, Carnation Evaporated Milk
Cast: Hope Emerson, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Crawford, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Jane Wyman
Director: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Producer: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Host: Art Gilmore, Art Ballinger
This thirty minute Saturday morning program featured family oriented stories often with a strong moral that were either written especially for the program or were adapted from famous stories such as Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
Broadcast: 7th February 1956
Added: Feb 07 2010
Broadcast: 1st May 1956
Added: May 01 2010