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Old 09-15-2003, 04:49 PM
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Harry Goz, Captain Murphy of Sealab 2021, 1932-2003

Harry Goz, veteran character actor and voice talent, died last week of natural causes (no details available) at age 71. He was the voice of Captain Murphy on Sealab 2021, the uber-surreal Adult Swim Comedy cartoon, and the highlight of my TV week.

Last night's Sealab episode was "All That Jazz", in which Captain Murphy is trapped alone underneath a vending machine for almost the entire show. There is no word yet from the producers on whether the show will continue without him.

Captain Murphy:
"Do you want the moustache on or off?"

(in bed)

"Too bad."
Old 09-15-2003, 05:01 PM
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I think I accidentally taped over the extended-extended-"Uh Oh" remix episode. Hope they play it again soon. Great show but sad news.

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Old 09-15-2003, 05:02 PM
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Oh, how sad. I love Sealab 2021; I've even gotten my roommate to watch a few of them (although he doesn't see what I love about it). It's my favorite of the short comedic Adult Swim shows. I really hope production continues, but I don't know if they'll be able to find someone who does a good a job as Captain Murphy.
Old 09-15-2003, 05:09 PM
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Sad news.

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Old 09-15-2003, 05:12 PM
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Was the Goz in the live action scenes at the end of the episode?

Sigh, I loved Captain Muphy. Best character in AS comedy.
Old 09-15-2003, 05:28 PM
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Crap. First Johnny Cash, now this. Somebody's gotta do something about this dying business and soon.
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Old 09-15-2003, 07:22 PM
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Old 09-15-2003, 08:41 PM
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why does it seem alot of entertainers are dieing at once. Its weird, I never knew his name up till now, and i've never seen his face, but he still was one of my favorite actors, even if I just heard his voice.
Old 09-15-2003, 08:46 PM
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I actually remember him from Broadway, when he played Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof."
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Old 09-15-2003, 08:50 PM
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Damn. The core of the Adult Swim shows are not only the voices, but the people improvising. This is a big loss: that was a classic show.
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I was really impressed with the Adult Swim tribute. They really showed their love for the guy.
Old 09-15-2003, 10:31 PM
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This has been a bad week for the entertainment industry. Why do we keep losing the talented ones?

So long, Captain. We'll keep the flashlights destroyed and the mailbox-heads in line.
Old 09-16-2003, 12:43 AM
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What was the tribute?
Old 09-16-2003, 02:18 AM
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Originally posted by Tuckerfan
Crap. First Johnny Cash, now this. Somebody's gotta do something about this dying business and soon.

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Old 09-16-2003, 03:02 AM
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*hangs head*
He will be missed, I hope if they do carry on the with the show that the change is obvious, but still well done.

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Old 09-16-2003, 06:41 AM
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I actually remember him from Broadway, when he played Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof."
Ditto here -- I saw him in Fiddler -- it was the second Broadway show I ever saw. Even though I later saw Zero Mostel and Topol in the role, Harry Goz shaped my image of Tevye.

I had no idea he was even doing cartoon voices. Hadn't heard anything about himj in forty years.
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Old 09-16-2003, 10:31 AM
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Was the Goz in the live action scenes at the end of the episode?
No, that was George Lowe, the voice of Space Ghost on Coast to Coast and Dad on the Brak Show. According to TV Tome, he is also the voice of Atlanta's MARTA train. I would say that he is the logical choice to take over the role of Captain Murphy if they decide to keep Sealab going.

I was unsuccessful in my search for an image of Goz, but I did find a statement from one of Sealab's editors indicating the Goz had cancer. Incidentally, Goz was the same age as Johnny Cash.

The Adult Swim tribute was in the form of the black title cards they've been using as between-show bumpers. The cards announced his death and said "To us, he was a show business legend." There was no music. After the episode (which is a voice acting tour de force, BTW), they ran "Harry Goz, 1932-2003" for a long, silent minute.

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Old 09-16-2003, 03:18 PM
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Old 09-16-2003, 03:23 PM
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I hear the Martian Knights are inconsolable.
Old 09-16-2003, 05:26 PM
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Its weird how losing someone who did voicework can get me like this. I never knew his name, saw his face, or saw him act.

All I can say now is;

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