George Schlatter

Gary Owens, radio and 'Laugh-In' announcer, dies at 80

Gary Owens, radio and 'Laugh-In' announcer, dies at 80

"From beautiful downtown Burbank," Gary Owens vaulted to fame playing the zany announcer in the landmark TV comedy series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." And he never stopped working after that, doing commercials, variety specials, cartoons, radio shows and even theme park announcements in his deep voice that was one of the most famous in show business.

He could have slowed down, but his frantic pace was set early in life. At 9, he was diagnosed with diabetes.

"I overheard a doctor tell my parents he didn't expect me to live past my teens," Owens said in 1980 Los Angeles Times interview. "So from that time on I engaged in all kinds of...