Downtown Burbank: Forever Beautiful

Damn.

From beautiful downtown Burbank,” Gary Owens vaulted to fame playing the zany announcer in the landmark TV comedy series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” And he never stopped working after that, doing commercials, variety specials, cartoons, radio shows and even theme park announcements in his deep voice that was one of the most famous in show business.

Owens, 80, died Thursday at home in Encino. The cause was complications from the long-fought diabetes, said his son, Chris.

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