Casey Kasem

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Casey Kasem

Kasem at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989
Born Kemal Amin Kasem
April 27, 1932(1932-04-27)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died June 15, 2014(2014-06-15) (aged 82)
Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Wayne State University
Occupation Radio personality, musician, disc jockey, actor, comedian
Years active 1954–2009
Spouse Linda Myers (m. 1972-1979, divorced)
Jean Kasem (m. 1980-2014, his death)
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Casey Kasem (born Kemal Amin Kasem; April 27, 1932[1]– June 15, 2014) was an American radio personality, stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is known for his many voice roles in cartoons and for being a public radio personality.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932,[2] to Lebanese immigrant parents. They settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers.[2] Kasem graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit and Wayne State University.[3]

Career[change | change source]

Kasem's career began in the radio business in the 1950s in Flint, Michigan. He then made his first movie appearance in Easy Rider in 1967.

He was the host of the weekly American Top 40 radio show from 1970 to 1988, and again from March 1998 until January 10, 2004. Ryan Seacrest is now the host. Kasem is the host of two weekly radio shows, American Top 20 with Casey Kasem and American Top 10 with Casey Kasem.

Kasem did the voice of many advertisements, has done many voices for Sesame Street, and is the voice of 'Shaggy' for the animated television show Scooby-Doo.[2]

Kasem retired in 2009 because of old age and health concerns.

Personal life[change | change source]

Kasem married Linda Myers in 1972. The couple had three children.[2] Kasem then married Jean Thompson in 1980.[2] The couple had one child. Kasem lived in Washington state.

Kasem was a Democrat. He narrated television ads for 1972 president candidate George McGovern's campaign.[4]

Disappearance[change | change source]

On May 12, 2014, Kasem was declared missing by a Los Angeles court judge ordered an investigation for his whereabouts.[5] Soon after, Kasem was found alive in Washington state, having moved out of the United States.[6]

Health[change | change source]

Kasem suffered from Parkinson's disease and an early form of dementia.[7]

On June 6, 2014, Kasem was in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Washington state hospital, receiving antibiotic treatment from blood pressure and bedsores. He also suffers from Lewy body disease, the most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's and has been bed-ridden.[8]

Death[change | change source]

Kasem died in Gig Harbor, Washington from complications of dementia, aged 82.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Casey Kasem's birthday". Comcast.net. http://www.comcast.net/slideshow/entertainment-celebbirthdays0427/7/. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Casey Kasem Biography (1932-)". FilmReference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/45/Casey-Kasem.html. Retrieved May 10, 2011. Source notes: "some sources cite 1933"
  3. "Person of the Week: Casey Kasem". ABC News. January 2, 2004. Archived from the original on October 12, 2004. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=131840&page=1#.TwD3OTWJerY. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  4. "George McGovern '72 & '84 Television Ads". YouTube. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrifjInBdlY.
  5. "Judge Orders Probe Into Casey Kasem's Whereabouts". Associated Press. ABC News. May 12, 2014. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/judge-expresses-concerns-casey-kasems-safety-23685112. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
  6. "Casey Kasem whereabouts". May 15, 2014. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/15/showbiz/casey-kasem-whereabouts/.
  7. "Casey Kasem's daughter asks judge to let her move terminally-ill father to a Los Angeles nursing home amid claims he has only six months to live". Daily Mail.co.uk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2647952/Casey-Kasems-daughter-asks-judge-let-terminally-ill-father-Los-Angeles-nursing-home-amid-claims-six-months-live.html. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  8. "Casey Kasem alert but in critical condition". CNN. June 6, 2014. http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/05/showbiz/casey-kasem-hospitalized/index.html.
  9. "Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82". New York Times.com. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/business/media/casey-kasem-wholesome-voice-of-pop-radio-dies-at-82.html?_r=0. Retrieved June 15, 2014.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Durkee, Rob. American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century, Schriner Books, New York, 1999. ISBN 0-02-864895-1
  • Battistini, Pete. "American Top 40 with Casey Kasem (The 1970s)", Authorhouse.com, January 31, 2005. ISBN 1-4184-1070-5

Other websites[change | change source]

Preceded by
none
American Top 40 host
1970–1988
Succeeded by
Shadoe Stevens
Preceded by
Shadoe Stevens
American Top 40 host
1998–2004
Succeeded by
Ryan Seacrest