Mark Elliott, a longtime voice actor known for narrating numerous Disney movie trailers and television promos and home video ads, has died at the age of 81.
According to Elliott’s rep Peter Varano, the actor died over the weekend.
“He was an incredibly talented voice-over actor. His career spanned decades and inspired many newcomers to the industry,” Varano said in a statement.
“Though many fans only knew him as a voice we were fortunate to know him as a person. His talent was only surpassed by his generosity and kindness.
“A true gentleman. It was an honour to represent him. We will miss him and we will never forget him,” Varano added.
A longtime friend of Elliott’s, Chris Van Dyke, told The Hollywood Reporter that Elliott, who was reportedly battling Lung Cancer, died Saturday, April 3, at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering two heart attacks.
Elliott was the voice behind many Disney at-home movie trailers including classics like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Lion King” and “Tarzan.“
Elliott was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and began his voice career as a disc jockey for local radio stations. During his early career, he bounced around local radio stations and went through many name changes to match his radio personalities. Born John Harrison Frick Jr., Elliott revealed in a 2015 interview with VO Buzz Weekly that he became Mark Elliott after working at KFRC in San Francisco.