The other day while playing catch up with Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network ‘On Demand’ offerings, episode 516, “The Lawless,” it was preceded by a splash screeen sayin “In Memory Of Ian Abercrombie.” Ian was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Grays, Essex, England, and launched his stage career as a dancer. He passed away on January 26th 2012 from kidney failure. He was 77.
If you were wondering who Ian Abercrombie was, he was a part of the Cartoon Channel’s creative voice talent behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
In The Clone Wars, he voiced the recurring roles of Chancellor Palpatine & Darth Sidious for the entirety of the series and two associated video games of the series. He also voiced Ganthet in Cartoon Network’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
(BTW, both animated series is worthy.)
But these two animated series was the tiny tip of the iceberg, having been a part of at least 60 movies and participated in over 100 TV shows.
His movies included such titles as Rango, the 2008 animated feature film that started it all, Star Wars: The Clone Wars… He was a member of the ADR Loop Group for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Shrek, 2000’s Gladiator and many more.
An ADR Loop Group is a team of people who go in during post-production and redub dialogue into a movie. They do this because sometimes things in scenes drown out the dialog. So this team redoes the dialog, then the dialog is dubbed back in to match the lip movements of the actor’s dialog they’re fixing.
On TV, aside from the aforementioned series, he’s also worked on Wizards of Waverly Place, Birds of Prey, Seinfeld, & the 1984 series Santa Barbara. He was in a lot of TV shows in what I call one-up guest appearances.
Ian will be sorely missed by the entertainment industry, that’s for sure.
Side Note: The voice talent behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode “The Lawless,” looks like a somewhat impressive collective of talent, such as Sam Witwer, Katee Sackhoff, & Clancy Brown.