Scooby-Doo

Animated Character

Born: 1969
Birthplace: Television
Best known as:

Scaredy-cat 1970s cartoon dog

Scooby-Doo was the title star of a long-running Saturday-morning cartoon of the 1970s, 1980s. and beyond. A comically nervous Great Dane, Scooby spent each episode hunting ghosts with four human teenagers, including the always-hungry hippie boy Shaggy, the brainy Velma, the buff Fred and the beautiful Daphne. (The group drove around in a van called the Mystery Machine.) In the 1990s Scooby-Doo returned as a nostalgic pop icon for Generation X. A Scooby-Doo feature film was released in 2002, with a computer-generated Scooby cavorting with a live-action cast including Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred and Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. The film was a hit, and a sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, followed in 2004.

Extra credit:

The voice of Scooby's human pal Shaggy was provided by American Top 40 radio personality Casey Kasem... Scrappy-Doo, a puppyish nephew of Scooby-Doo, appeared in some episodes of the cartoon; Scrappy is famously disliked by many devoted Scooby fans.

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  • Matthew Lillard - Biography of Matthew Lillard, Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo film series
  • Linda Cardellini - Biography of Linda Cardellini, Star of Freaks and Geeks and E.R.
  • Scrappy-Doo - Biography of Scrappy-Doo, Puppy nephew to the cartoon dog Scooby-Doo

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