Earl Hammond
In Memoriam

The Buffalo News May 29, 2002 Wednesday, FINAL EDITION

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The Buffalo News

May 29, 2002 Wednesday, FINAL EDITION



Earl Hammond, an actor known for his television and voice-over work, died May 19, 2002, under Hospice care in New York City after a brief illness. He was 80. A Buffalo native, Hammond was born Irwin Hamburger but changed his name in the early 1940s as he began his acting career.

A 1938 graduate of Bennett High School, he began acting on Fred and Ethel Dampier's radio skits on WGR radio. After a brief radio career in Buffalo, he left to study acting at Los Angeles City College and graduated with future movie stars Donna Reed and Alexis Smith.

After moving to New York City, Hammond began a television career that included a run of several years as a lawyer on "Days of Our Lives." Gifted with the ability to present accents and dialects, he had feature roles in numerous commercials and was the voice of many TV cartoon characters. His last big voice-over speaking role was the title voice in "The Mummy."

In 1994, Hammond was selected from several hundred actors who auditioned to be the voice of Pope John Paul II on the audiotape version of the Random House book "Crossing the Threshold of Hope." The publisher said the pope personally selected Hammond.

Hammond is survived by a son, Eric of Chicago; a daughter, Gwenyth of Germany; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in New York City.