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Casey Kasem

AKA Kemal Amin Kasem

Born: 27-Apr-1932
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Died: 15-Jun-2014
Location of death: Gig Harbor, WA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Radio Personality, TV Personality

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: American Top 40

Military service: US Army (Korea, 1952)

Lebanese long-time voice of American Top 40, where he played what passed for music to the "flyover state" audience, and ended each broadcast reminding listeners to "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." Also a frequent voice actor, including Shaggy on Scooby Doo. If you asked him nicely, he would play Leader of the Pack on your birthday.

Kasem invented American Top 40 in 1970 and hosted it until 1988, then returned from 1998-2003, when he passed the baton to everpresent Ryan Seacrest. Kasem continued hosting the abbreviated spin-off shows American Top 20 and American Top 10 until 4 July 2009, 39 years to the day after the debut of American Top 40. Quitting his radio shows at the age of 77, Kasem explained that "this decision will free up time I need to focus on myriad other projects". He died in 2014.


[1] Druze.

Wife: Linda Myers (m. 1972, div. 1979, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Kerri
Son: Michael
Daughter: Julie
Wife: Jean (m. 1980, one daughter)

    University: Speech Education, Wayne State University

    American Top 40 Host (1970-88, 1998-2003)
    amfAR National Council
    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Advisory Board
    Disarm Education Fund National Advisory Board
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    Kucinich for President
    Nader 2000
    Nader for President 2004
    Obama for America
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Radio Hall of Fame 1992
    Lebanese Ancestry
    Palestinian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Parkinson's, Vegetarian

    TELEVISION
    Mr. Magoo (voice, 1964-65)
    Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Shaggy (voice, 1969-72)
    Hong Kong Phooey (voice, 1974-75)
    Transformers (several voices, 1984-87)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Looney Tunes: Back in Action (9-Nov-2003) [VOICE]
    Scooby-Doo! And the Legend of the Vampire (4-Mar-2003) [VOICE]
    Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (5-Nov-2000) [VOICE]
    Undercover Angel (16-May-1999) · Himself
    Mr. Wrong (16-Feb-1996) · Himself
    Cosmic Slop (1994)
    Wild Wheels (26-Aug-1992)
    Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988) [VOICE]
    Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988) [VOICE]
    Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers (1987) [VOICE]
    The Transformers: The Movie (8-Aug-1986) [VOICE]
    Live Aid (13-Jul-1985) · Himself
    Ghostbusters (8-Jun-1984) · Himself
    The Return of the King (11-May-1980) [VOICE]
    The Dark (27-Apr-1979)
    New York, New York (21-Jun-1977) · D.J.
    The Night That Panicked America (31-Oct-1975)
    The Doomsday Machine (1972)
    The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (21-Jul-1971)
    The Cycle Savages (24-Sep-1969)
    Wild Wheels (Aug-1969)
    2000 Years Later (11-Mar-1969)
    The Glory Stompers (Jan-1968)


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