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Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden

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Dick Beals

Recorded October 23rd, 1998 - 18 min

Prolific actor on many shows from WXYZ in Detroit from 1949-51. In California, he appeared on hundreds of Gunsmoke, Suspense, Dr. Christian and other programs. Following his radio career, he did scores of voices on TV cartoon shows and was the commercial voice of Speedy Alka Seltzer for a great many years. He was 71 when we met during a break in rehearsals for a re-enactment at the Friends of Old Time Radio convention in Newark, New Jersey. Dick Beals died May 29, 2012 at age 85.

  
  
Rogers of the Gazette - 12/2/53 - The longest week of the year

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Rogers of the Gazette and Dick Beals in his portrayal of "Mike" in this December 2nd, 1953 broadcast.

2 Comments

  1. Sarah Cole says... comment left on April 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I heard this interview when it was first broadcast on ‘Those Were the Days,” and found it most insightful. When it was over, though, I realized I felt unaccountably tired. It dawned on me that I had been sitting at attention the whole time. Why I would do such a thing puzzled me, until I realized that Richard Beals had voiced the leader of every group of adventurous kids in the cartoons I had watched as a child! He had spoken with such authority that, even after thirty-five years, it still commanded respect. I had been sitting there waiting for orders!

    After I finished laughing at myself, I rememgbered how, back then, I had so looked forward to being ten, as that youthful leader had been. He always seemed to know what was going on, and the best way to respond to the situation. I never did, and looked forward to the day when, like that leader, /I/ would /get/ it. I dissolved into laughter again upon realizing that, when Mr. Beals was voicing those characters, he was the same age I was now — and that I /still/ didn’t know what was going on! The fact that his work had remained influential after all those years demonstrates what a remarkable actor he is. It also demonstrates the power of the human voice. Visual images can be moving, but, for connection on an elemental level, it’s the voice that will do it. I can hardly remember what those old cartoons looked like; but, when Richard Beals speaks, I still say, “Yes, sir!”

  2. Greg from Jersey says... comment left on February 8, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I’m too young to remember/know of Mr. Beals from his “first go-round”, but through the magic of television, and more specifically, the WONDERFUL and TIMELESS, Davey And Goliath, I came to discover the BRILLIANCE and TALENT(S) of the late/great, Mr. Dick Beals.

    Listening to this interview, it is CLEARLY EVIDENT, that Mr. Beals was cut from a cloth, which is SELDOM (if ever) found in today’s day & age. And not just from a “Hollywood professional” standpoint, but from that of a HUMBLE/MODEST/PROUD/MORALLY-UPRIGHT one!! Needless to say,…they sure don’t make ’em like Mr. Beals anymore!!

    Thank you for your contributions to television and television history Mr. Beals! Your legacy carries forward!! R.I.P.