||Thurl had a long and varied career in
entertainment. He worked in almost every field, from radio to film to
Thurl began his entertainment career on radio in the mid-1930s. He was on
shows with some of the biggest stars of time including Jack Benny, Bing
Crosby, and Edgar Bergen. On most of these shows he was part of a singing
group such as the Sportsmen or the Mellomen.
Thurl's voice can be heard on numerous films, usually singing as part of a
large ensemble. Over the years, he appeared on-screen occasionally. In
addition, he has sung or provided voices for a number characters in
While Thurl was never a television star, he made numerous guest appearances
in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also part of a weekly series, Johnny Mann's Stand Up and Cheer, which ran for
three years in the early 1970s. Thurl also lent his voice to many animated specials
Hobbit and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Tony the Tiger was undoubtedly the most famous role in Thurl's vast
body of work. But Kellogg's Frosted Flakes was not the first product that
Thurl advertised. He did commercials for all kinds of products from beer,
cigarettes, and razor blades to popcorn, hot dogs, and soft drinks.