As I've posted in the past, my reel collection contains a plethora of advertising demos, for companies displaying their general abilities, companies promoting their individual talents, and individual talents promoting themselves. Previous posts of groups of "talent" can be found here and here.
Spliced into the middle of yet another one of these reels was something fairly wonderful, a five minute demo reel of ads featuring Ted Cassidy, most famous as "Lurch" on the Addams Family TV show, and introduced by Cassidy (as well as by Lurch) himself. Here's that tape:
Just before that segment, on the same reel of tape, was a nearly 30 minute presentation, featuring some company's roster of male commercial announcer talent, with an example (or a few) from each. Most of these men were better known as actors, and a good number of the names here would be well known to most folks of a certain age. I'm not going to identify all of the men heard here (there are more than 40 of them), but will highlight a few of the better known names from each of the five segments that I've split them up into.
Segment One includes Jack Albertson, David Birney, Lloyd Bridges and Ron Carey, as well as six others:
Segment Two includes Melvin Douglas, David Doyle and John Gavin, as well as six others:
Segment Three includes E. G. Marshall and Richard Mulligan, as well as seven others:
Segment Four includes Mandy Patinkin and Christopher Plummer, as well as four others:
Segment Five is the only segment where only one of the names (seven in total) was familiar to me, that of Joe Silver:
I think maybe the tape is incomplete, as it seems unlikely with this many performers that they would have none with names starting with T through Z, but this is where the tape ends.