Disney’s legendary movie trailer voice-over artist Mark Elliott dies at the age of 81

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Disney’s legendary movie trailer voice-over artist Mark Elliott dies aged 81 after multiple heart attacks

  • Mark Elliott, one of Hollywood’s most iconic voice over artists, has passed away at the age of 81
  • He died in a Los Angeles hospital after two heart attacks, according to a friend who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter
  • Elliott was the main voice behind Disney’s movie trailers and promos from 1983 to 2008
  • He was first hired by Disney in 1977 for the theatrical release of Cinderella
  • Elliott has also done voice over for networks like CBS and FOX

The legendary voice-over artist behind some of Disney’s most famous animated films, Mark Elliott, had passed away at the age of 81.

Rest in peace: the legendary voiceover artist behind some of Disney's most famous animated films, Mark Elliott, had passed away at the age of 81

Rest in peace: the legendary voiceover artist behind some of Disney’s most famous animated films, Mark Elliott, had passed away at the age of 81

Elliott died in a Los Angeles hospital after two heart attacks on Saturday, according to a friend who spoke to him The Hollywood Reporter

Perhaps not recognizable by his face or name, Disney fans will immediately know the voice of Elliott that he lent to the movie trailers and promos for some of Disney’s most popular films of the 80s, 90s and early years.

“He was unique … and nice is a good word to describe him,” friend and fellow voice artist Charlie Van Dyke told THR.

At the time of his death, Elliott was fighting lung cancer, THAT reported.

Another colleague, Joe Cipriano, who had a small role with Elliott in Lake Bell’s voiceover comedy In A World, shared a touching tribute on Facebook.

Cipriano shared the story of how he got his start in the business by watching Elliott recording primetime comedy promos for CBS on the Television City studio lot.

Elliot died in a Los Angeles hospital after two heart attacks on Saturday, according to a friend who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter (pictured with friend and fellow voiceover artist Joe Cipriano)

Elliot died in a Los Angeles hospital after two heart attacks on Saturday, according to a friend who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter (pictured with friend and fellow voiceover artist Joe Cipriano)

Elliot died in a Los Angeles hospital after two heart attacks on Saturday, according to a friend who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter (pictured with friend and fellow voiceover artist Joe Cipriano)

“We talked in between his promo sessions and he told me two things about promos: never go on vacation and never buy a house based on voice-over income,” he wrote.

Mark was a true gentleman – Sharing all of our scenes in Lake Bell’s ‘In a World’ was the icing on the cake. I’m so sad about Mark’s passing, ”Cipriano said.

Mark first worked on the radio and then switched to voice-over work. He was hired by Disney to voice the trailer for Cinderella’s theatrical release in 1977.

He was the voice of Disney during the studio’s animated movie, with such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hercules and Aladdin.

“He was unique … and nice is a good word to describe him,” friend and fellow voice artist Charlie Van Dyke told THR.

He worked as the voice of the Mouse House from 1983-2008 and also did voice work for commercials, films and networks such as CBS and FOX throughout his career.

‘You think about decisions that have been made and paths that have been chosen and things like that, and [working for Disney] for me the defining moment in my life is not only my career but also in my life. Because it gave me this identity that … continues to this day, ‘he was once quoted, according to THR.

[Being the voice of Disney] is a wonderful touchstone for my career. If that’s the identity I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t want it in any other way, ”he added at the time.

Iconic Voice: Elliott was the voice of Disney during the studio's animated feature, with such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hercules and Aladdin;  he worked with the studio from the 80's to 2008

Iconic Voice: Elliott was the voice of Disney during the studio's animated feature, with such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hercules and Aladdin;  he worked with the studio from the 80's to 2008

Iconic Voice: Elliott was the voice of Disney during the studio’s animated feature, with such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Hercules and Aladdin; he worked with the studio from the 80’s to 2008

Mark was born John Harrison Frick Jr in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1939. He legally changed his name for professional reasons.

During an interview with VO Buzz Weekly, Mark told how network executives wanted to change his name to Johnny Barron, but declined because he didn’t like the sound.

After thinking about ‘crazy’ names like Vic Vanilla and Charlie Chocolate, the team narrowed it down to Mark Anthony and Clark Elliott. He eventually landed on Mark Elliott and made the change official.

His Story: Mark was born John Harrison Frick Jr in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1939.  He legally changed his name for professional reasons and worked for radio for decades before switching to voiceovers

His Story: Mark was born John Harrison Frick Jr in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1939.  He legally changed his name for professional reasons and worked for radio for decades before switching to voiceovers

His Story: Mark was born John Harrison Frick Jr in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1939. He legally changed his name for professional reasons and worked for radio for decades before switching to voiceovers

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