Mark Elliott, a longtime voice actor and the man behind the deep, commanding voice in Disney movie trailers, has died at age 81. Known for his iconic phrases “coming soon from Walt Disney Pictures,” “experience the magic” and “now for our feature presentation,” Mark Elliott touched millions with his work.
Longtime friend of Elliott’s, Chris Van Dyke, told The Hollywood Reporter that Elliott, who was reportedly battling Lung Cancer, died Saturday, April 3, at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering two heart attacks.
Van Dyke said: “He was one of a kind … and kind is a great word to describe him.”
“Mark was a true gentleMAN,” said fellow voiceover actor Joe Cipriano in a Facebook post. “I’m so sad about Mark’s passing.
Elliott did Disney voiceovers from the late 1970s to early 2000s. He worked in various radio markets before becoming a voiceover artist in Los Angeles in 1970.
Besides Disney, Elliott also did the trailers for “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “Chariots of Fire” and “All the Right Moves.” And in 1983, he voiced the promo for the series finale of “M*A*S*H.”
Born on Sept. 24, 1939, Elliott first made his career by working as a radio DJ for 20 years in his home state of Iowa, and then in Ohio and San Francisco.