DANBURY, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Danbury’s Don Morrow!
Morrow, who has owned a home in Danbury, turns 88 on Thursday. The actor, announcer and voiceover artist was born Jan. 29, 1927.
He started his broadcast career while a student at Syracuse University on the GI Bill shortly after World War II. His first job was with Syracuse's first TV station WHEN (now WTVH) as a newscaster and announcer.
In 1954, he was seen on the detective series "Martin Kane, Private Eye" and became Walter Cronkite's announcer on CBS's "The Sunday News Special." He appeared several times on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in comedy skits, was an on-camera announcer on "The Jackie Gleason Show" and made commercials voiceover and on-camera for Zest, Crest, Nabisco and others.
During the rest of the decade, he worked on shows such as "Masquerade Party," "GE College Bowl," "Rin Tin Tin" and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."
His first regular network hosting job was with ABC's "Camouflage," which led to NBC's "Let's Play Post Office" (1965-66).
During the 1970s, he ran into a friend at J. Walter Thompson Advertising and ended up working on the Ford Motor account for the next 18 years.
He continued commercial voiceovers, and also worked again on TV game shows, including "Sale of the Century" from 1988 to 1989, "Now You See It" in 1989, "The Challengers" in 1990 and the entertainment-oriented program "Personalities" during Charlie Rose's eight-week tenure on the show in the fall of 1990. He also worked with James Cameron. voicing commercials for the film "Titanic" (1997)
He has dozens of voiceover commercials, documentaries and various other voiceover projects running worldwide and teaches voiceover one-on-one and gives voiceover seminars from his studio in Danbury.