The Register-Guard is reporting that performer Ed Ragozzino died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 30th. He was 79.
In addition to a serving in the Army during the Korean War, Ragozzino also had a fair “side career” working as a voice talent and actor in film, TV and radio productions. Furthermore, he was a high school and college drama teacher who also directed regional stage shows.
He provided voiceovers for Soloflex, Subaru, Mercedes Benz, AT&T, National Geographic, The History Channel and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. He also voiced characters for the 1994 video game Metaltech: Earthsiege.
One of Ragozzino’s drama students, Julie Payne, says of her beloved teacher, “We were all in love with Mr. Ragozzino. He was handsome, funny, terrifying, inspiring and kindly. Everything he knew, he wanted to pass on to us.”
Looking back on his life in a 2007 interview with the Register-Guard, Ragozzino said, “My timing was great. I’ve been lucky.”