And so there you have it. For 2009, we will be looking at the work of Mr. Roscoe Lee Browne.
Mr. Browne is the oldest of the actors in our Hall of Fame, or rather was before he died two years ago. Like Keith David, Browne was known for his deep, resonant voice which could give James Earl Jones a run for his money. He did some voice overs for commercials (Tell me if this rings a bell: "Oooohhhhh, the power of cheese!") and he did voice over work for a number of films. It was one of these that was my first introduction to the man.
Yes, I'm speaking of course of the cinematic classic Logan's Run.
For those who haven't been blessed with the experience, this Sci-Fi tale is about a Utopian future where everyone gets put to death at age 30. Logan (Michael York) accidentally gets labeled as such years before his time, and he has to try to escape the city. Along the way, he encounters a robot named Box, who once harvested seafood to supply the city but has long ago malfunctioned and begun harvesting humans that happen to cross his path:
Box: Regular storage procedure. The same as the other food. The other food stopped coming. And they started.
Logan 5: What other food?
Box: Fish, and plankton. And sea greens, and protein from the sea. It's all here, ready. Fresh as harvest day. Fish and sea greens, plankton and protein from the sea. And then it stopped coming. And they came instead. So I store them here. I'm ready. And you're ready. It's my job. To freeze you!