Where was entertainer Casey Kasem born?
Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (1932 – 2014) was an American DJ, music historian, radio personality, and actor. He was the host of several music radio countdown programs, notably American Top 40 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009.
In addition to his radio shows, Kasem provided many commercial voiceovers, performed many voices for children's television, was "the voice of NBC" and helped with the annual Jerry Lewis telethon.
Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1932 to Lebanese Druze immigrant parents who were grocers. He was named after Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a man Kasem said his father respected. Kasem's parents did not allow their children to speak Arabic and insisted that they assimilate into American life.
He also provided the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' franchise from 1969 to 1997. Kasem was a devout vegan, supported animal rights and environmental causes and was a critic of factory farming.
He initially quit voicing Shaggy in the late 1990s when asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial, but returned in 2002 after negotiating to have Shaggy become a vegetarian.
Kasem was married to Linda Myers from 1972 to 1979. They had three children, Mike, Julie, and Kerri Kasem. Kasem was then married to actress Jean Thompson from 1980 until his death. They had one child, Liberty Jean Kasem.