Michael Magee

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Michael Magee (October 11, 1929 – July 15, 2011) was a Canadian actor, singer and author. He was known for voicing Cyril Sneer and his pet dog Snag in the Canadian animated series The Raccoons.[1] and the voice for The Coach on the CBC show, Yes You Can.

He was also well-known for his alter-ego that he created in the 1970s known as Fred C. Dobbs. Dobbs first came to the public's attention when a daily telephone call from a crotchety commentator enlivened the Bruno Gerussi network radio program. In the mid-to-late 1970s, Magee starred in a series for Toronto's TVOntario called Magee & Company, in which he played numerous characters, including Dobbs.[2]

In 1973, he created the show The Real Magees, where he and his wife Duddie were the hosts of this weekday, half-hour talk show, chatting informally with non-celebrities, such as a cab driver, ambulance driver and nightclub bouncer. Bob Weinstein produced the series in Montreal for Screen Gems and CBC Television.[2]

He went on to work as a writer, producer, and commentator for the CBC racing telecasts from 1964 to 1986; the network won the Sovereign Award for outstanding film/video/broadcast in 1985. An avid racing historian, Magee authored the book, "Champions," in collaboration with Pat Bayes, which was published in 1980, he also was a renowned handicapper and one of his last official connections with racing was as the host of "Racing With Magee," a daily radio show that aired in the mid-1990s.

Magee died on July 15, 2011,[2] he was 81. Magee had been suffering from colitis, which led to internal bleeding and heart stoppage.

He is survived by his partner Sally Hamilton, his sister-in-law Maggie Magee and his step children Matthew, Kelly and her husband Stephen and their children Monet, Quincy, Madeleine, Samantha and Hannah.[3]


  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (July 2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. McFarland & Co. p. 650. ISBN 978-0-7864-2256-2. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Hawthron, Tom (November 29, 2011). "Popular media personality loved horse racing, alter egos". Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
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