Original Ken Doll Voice Actor Dies at 96

Invoice Cunningham
Courtesy of CESD Expertise Company/Instagram

Invoice Cunningham — the unique voice of the Ken doll — has died at age 96.

Cunningham, who based CESD Expertise Company, handed away at his dwelling in West Hollywood on July 15, the company advised Deadline in an article printed on Wednesday, July 26.

Cunningham’s dying got here six days earlier than the July 21 premiere of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which reinvigorated the world’s obsession with the enduring doll — and all of her associates — and as soon as once more introduced the toys to the forefront of popular culture.

Cunningham supplied Ken’s voice within the early Nineteen Sixties, together with on the 1961 album Barbie Sings!, which boasted the tagline: “6 terrific teen-age tunes sung by Barbie and Ken.”

On one monitor, Cunningham-as-Ken sings: “Barbie, you’re stunning / You’re simply my fashion / I fall in love every time we meet / Barbie, you’re so lovable / With only one smile / You merely sweep me off my ft.”

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Whereas Cunningham crooned to Barbie on her early ‘60s report, it was Ryan Gosling who supplied the voice — and face — of Barbie’s boyfriend within the Barbie film, singing fan favourite songs like “Simply Ken” and Matchbox 20’s “Push.”

“He has a ravishing voice, and he’s a ravishing dancer. We acquired there organically,” Gerwig, 39, advised Rolling Stone in an interview printed on Wednesday, July 25, of how she managed to persuade Gosling, 42, to sing for the position. “I believe if I had stated, ‘I need you to sing and dance on this film,’ he wouldn’t have essentially accomplished that for me. But it surely was form of that factor of boiling a lobster. I believe by the point he was singing and dancing, he didn’t even completely understand how we had gotten there. However he’s so fabulous at it.”

Although Cunningham’s identify wasn’t on the listing of inspirations for Gosling’s model of Ken, Gerwig shared quite a few iconic actors when telling the outlet of Gosling’s portrayal, calling it “some mixture of Marlon Brando meets Gene Wilder meets John Barrymore meets John Travolta.”

Original Ken Doll Voice Actor Bill Cunningham Dead at 96

The unique Ken doll.
Courtesy of Mattel/MEGA

Whereas Cunningham’s previous flip as Ken has made headlines as a result of launch of the film, the singer — who went on tour with Judy Garland, per Deadline, and launched albums of his personal — was extra well-known for his work because the founding father of CESD, which is considered probably the most prestigious expertise companies for voiceover work.

“Invoice Cunningham opened Pacific Artist Company Hollywood in 1963, following a prolific singing profession and on the encouragement of his good friend, singer and TV persona Peggy Taylor,” CESD stated in a press release by way of Instagram on Wednesday. “In 1967, Pacific Artists grew to become Cunningham & Associates.The corporate’s company’s success led him to open a second workplace in New York throughout 1971. In just some quick years, Cunningham & Associates, now often called CESD, grew to become probably the most profitable, bicoastal business/VO expertise company within the enterprise.”

In 2014, Cunningham launched his memoir, I Surprise What Turned of Me.