Today we find out that voice actor Robert “Bob” Olin Magruder passed away. The man was the narrator for Fairy Tail for Funimation. Before giving his voice to animation Bob gave his voice to the navy as a radio operator. Funimation has released the following statement.
“Bob was a great guy and an outstanding VO talent. I had the pleasure of working with him over the last few years, late into his career, and always found him to be cordial and professional, as well as candid and funny. Most of his work for me was as the narrator for almost two hundred episodes of a long running show. As soon as I heard him speak my ears came to attention, “That’s the one!” I thought. “That’s the voice of the show!” To my surprise, he not only gave voice to the kindly, grandfatherly narrator, but also the massive, fire-breathing, King of the Dragons, Igneel.
He had been in the business longer than I’ve been alive, but he truly listened to direction and always gave back a better performance; giving me exactly what I wanted, but doing it in a way that only he could. He could take a line that was as simple as providing the name to a location, or some other small piece of information, and imbue it with personality and emotion. He was truly one of the greats. We will miss him dearly at Funimation.
Rest in peace, Bob.”
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