Don Messick was born in 1927. Tragically, he passed away from a stroke on October 25, 1997, almost a year ago. Apart from voicing Scooby Doo, SCrappy, and the Scooby puppy, he did Muttley, Astro, Bamm Bamm, Dr. Quest, Riochet Rabbit, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, Gazoo, Papa Smurf, Hamton Pig (for WB), and literally dozens of others. His name is in the credits of a lot of HB cartoons, although sometimes it's a little hard to work out who he plays.
Casey Kasem was born on April 27, 1932, in Detroit, and will turn 67 next year. He played the irrepressible Shaggy, and used to run The Casey Kasem Top 40. Casey is still alive and well today, and has his own radio show again, The American Top 40 With Casey Kasem on AMFM Radio Networks in America. Casey also voiced Cliffjumper, Bluestreak, Teletran One, Dr. Archeville on Transformers, and of course, his unmistakable voice also plays Alexander on Josie and the Pussycats (grrr...). Casey Kasem is also a Vegetarian, and requested that Shaggy become one too.
Frank Welker, voice of Freddy (his first role ever!), did countless other cartoons. He did work for not just HB, but many other people, like Disney and sometimes for WB. Some of his work includes, Megatron, Rumble, Ravage, Soundwave, Frenzy for Transformers, Handy Smurf, Azriel for Smurfs, Brain , Doctor Claw, MAD Cat for Inspector Gadget, Muppet babies Kermit, Skeeter, Bunsen, and Beaker, Ray Stanz and Slimer from the real ghostbusters, Abu the Monkey, the footstool for Beauty and the Beast, Big Time, Bubba Duck, Baggy Beagle, for DuckTales. Fall-apart and Bonkers for "Raw Toonage", Bronx for the gargoyles, Tom from Tom and Jerry Kids, The fat manager, Chicken Boo, Runt, Ralph the guard, Flavio the Hippo, Buttons, and Mindy's Dad for the fantasticly stupid Animaniacs, The Dodo, Furrball, Little Beeper and Clamity Coyote for Tiny Toons, Darwin from Seaquest, a few Gremlins from Gremlins and Gremlins 2, obviously, The Easter bunny (Bill & Ted), The mechanic (Tailspin), some SFX for TMNT II, Hector the dog for Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, Frank has had countless cameos in heaps of shows including the X-files, and many, many cartoons. Frank is still around, although there's is incredibly little media of the man behind the toons.
Heather North, voice of Daphne, has even less media that Frank Welker. I was hard pressed just to find a picture. She was born Stefanianna Christopher, but changed her name to Heather North in 1970. Information on Heather North is very scarce, but from what I can find, it is equally well known that she was Sandy Horton on Day Of Our Lives from 1967 to 1971. She was also in "The Prince and The Paupers" on The Monkees. She was also in "Hollywood Hallelujah" as a choir member. Small insignicant things like that.
Iwao Takamoto is Scooby's hard-working creative producer. Apart from designing Scooby, Mr. Takamoto's name can be seen on just about any HB product from the 70's onwards. Today, Mr. Takamoto still travels to conventions around the world.
The famous Hanna-Barbera team themselves. Joseph Barbera was born in New York City, 1911. He started work in a bank at 16. He sketched cartoons and sent in a drawing to Collier's, a leading magazine at the time. Collier's purchased a drawing for $25.00, which started Joe in his interest for cartoon artistry. Joe Barbera left the bank and started working for Max and Dave Fleischer of Fleischer Studios, painting and inking cells for characters of Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor. He also earned $1.00 for each gag he used. Then, after he quit working for Fleischer's Studios, he found work at Van Beuren Studios, which eventually went out of business. Joe Barbera was about to apply for work with Disney, when a rival of Disney convinced him to work for him instead. This cartooning adventure led to the formation of the MGM cartoon studios, where he met his partner for over 50 years, William Hanna. William Hanna was born in Melrose, in New Mexico, 1910. William Hanna graduated and majored in Journalism and Engineering. In 1929, Bill Hanna found worked as a Structural Engineer, but didn't enjoy it. Bill Hanna changed careers and started in an animation cartoon company called Harman-Ising Studios, where he was tracing and painting cells, earning $37.50 a week. Soon, Bill Hanna began writing music and lyrics for Leon Schlesigner's Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies, of Warner Brothers. Later, Harman-Ising Studios became MGM, where he met Joe Barbera. MGM was responsible for cartoons such as Droopy, Tom and Jerry, and many movies including the ever-popular James Bond.