Mark Elliott, the man Behind Disney Movie Trailers, Dies at 81
Mark Elliott is dead.
Per THR, the artist who is known for voicing most of Disney movie trailers, promos, and video titles from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, has died.
Per the outlet, he died on Saturday in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering two heart attacks, and this was confirmed to the press by his his fellow voiceover artist Charlie Van Dyke, who added that Elliott was also battling lung cancer.
“He was one of a kind … and kind is a great word to describe him,” Van Dyke said.
A well-known radio DJ who became one of Hollywood’s premier voiceover artists, Elliott was heard on a slew of movie trailers and promos for both CBS and Fox during the 1980s and ’90s, but it was his warm and comforting Midwestern tone promoting Disney products that made him familiar to millions around the world.
Born John Harrison Frick Jr. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sept. 24, 1939, Elliott started his professional career as a disc jockey on commercial radio in his hometown in 1957. After working at various stations in Iowa, Ohio, Ontario and San Francisco (where he was given the radio name Mark Elliott for the first time), he ended up in Los Angeles in 1970 for the first of two stints at KHJ, with a brief period working at KISS sandwiched in between.
After 20 years in radio, Elliott branched out into voiceovers in 1977. His first paid work was the voiceover on the trailer for Smokey and the Bandit, and from there he scored the radio voiceover for George Lucas’ Star Wars and the rom-com The Goodbye Girl. All three movies would all go on to become blockbusters and culturally important movies, catapulting Elliott from a complete unknown to the most sought-after voiceover talent in Hollywood.
He was 81.