Mostly Credited As: Lorenzo Music
Birth Name: Gerald David Music
Date Of Birth: May 02, 1937 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Date Of Death: August 04, 2001
Cause Of Death: lung and bone cancer
Lorenzo Music, one of the most-heard voices in radio and television, was born May 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York City, and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and met his wife, Henrietta, in the school's Theatre Arts classes. They started an eight-year long comedy act, got married and had four children. They worked together on television shows for many years, and were still married at the time of Lorenzo’s death from bone cancer in 2001.
In 1967, Lorenzo Music stopped his acting career and began writing, joining the staff of CBS’s Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and the team won an Emmy award in 1969. Lorenzo and his writing partner, David Davis, were given a position on a new sitcom called The Mary Tyler Moore Show. They became story editors for the show, which is considered a comedy classic.
The production company for the Mary Tyler Moore Show, MTM, asked Lorenzo Music and David Davis to create a sit-com series for comedian Bob Newhart. They did just that, producing and writing the series. Lorenzo and his wife, Henrietta, wrote the theme song for the Newhart show.
Then, Music and Davis developed and produced Rhoda, a spin-off from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. On Rhoda, Lorenzo became the voice of Carlton, the Doorman, who was often drunk but never actually seen. A cartoon called Carlton, Your Doorman, won an Emmy award for animation. Lorenzo Music was one of the most-heard voices in radio and television. Mr. Music would later be heard on several more cartoon shows, including The Real Ghostbusters and Gummi Bears, and on hundreds of commercials and voiceover spots.
Perhaps the most famous voice-over work that Lorenzo Music did was as the voice of Garfield the Cat. Lorenzo spoke for Garfield on many prime-time animated specials, one of which he co-wrote, and several of which won Emmys. The Saturday morning Garfield and Friends show was on CBS for seven years.
Lorenzo Music was a multi-talented, larger-than-life figure in the world of television, whose influence was wrought on the industry in a most unique fashion: as writer, producer, and inimitable voice.