The voice of Dick Orkin, an award-winning voice actor and commercial radio producer who created the series Chickenman and The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy, has been used in many radio advertisements and public service announcements. At age 83, Dick joined WikiTree to publish his extensive genealogy collection here and also to facilitate the continuation of his family research.
Richard Alan Orkin was born July 9, 1933, in Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States, the first of three sons born to Sidney Orkin and Sylvia (Bresnick) Orkin. In 1940, Dick lived in Williamsport with his parents and brother Robert, where he grew up surrounded by a large extended family.
|Dick Orkin as Chickenman|
Dick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater from Franklin and Marshall College, a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Phillips Graduate Institute, and attended Yale Drama School, studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater.
Dick began work in advertising in Chicago in 1963. He gained acclaim with his comedy radio commercials for Time Magazine, GMAC, The Gap, and other clients. His radio spots, mini dramas dubbed "The Advertising Theater of the Absurd" by Newsweek, have won a score of national and International awards.
|Dick Orkin's Awards.|
Dick Orkin has been inducted into :
|Dick Orkin's Grandchildren Celebrate His 80th Birthday|
Dick married Blanche "Bunny" Grosky in 1955 in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States and they had four children, Lisa Ann Orkin, Haris Orkin, Lynne (Orkin) Fisher, and Michael Orkin. After 53 years of marriage, Bunny passed away in eary 2007.
Dick married Diane "Dee Dee" Lantz in 2009, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Dick had a few health issues, as would be expected for someone his age, but none serious, until he suffered a stroke on December 23, 2017, and was hospitalized. Dick died December 24, 2017, in Los Angeles County, California, United States. His memorial service was held on December 28, 2017 at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, United States.
|Dick Orkin and Gaile Connolly - Second Cousins, First Meeting|
In October 2016, Dick discovered his grandfather's profile on WikiTree and wrote to Gaile Connolly, who had added it after discovering that her grandmother had lots of siblings who had also immigrated to the United States. Fast and furious exchange of all kinds of family information and stories ensued by email and telephone. It was pure luck that Gaile (in Alabama) already had plans to be 20 miles from Dick's home (in California) to attend her son's wedding six weeks after their first contact. The excitement of that first meeting is not possible to describe. The new-found second cousins continued almost daily email and phone contact, with a second in-person meeting, in 2017. Their third visit, already planned for spring 2018, cannot take place. Their thirteen month relationship was euphoric but way too short.
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On 31 Dec 2017 at 07:54 GMT Lori Jo (Everts) DeWitt wrote:
Gail that was a beautiful tribute for an amazing man!
Rest in Peace Mr. Orkin.
On 29 Dec 2017 at 06:58 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:
Thank you Gail for updating and maintaining his profile. You have a lot to be proud of. May Mr. Dick Orkin rest in peace!!
On 28 Dec 2017 at 20:59 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:
On 21 Feb 2017 at 01:57 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:
On 19 Feb 2017 at 16:39 GMT Karen (Lowe) Tobo wrote:
Paula Hurwitz is a distant relation, but she's moving house right now. Maybe try K Bloom? I was only working on the family as a volunteer, and don't have any Eastern European or Jewish ancestry of my own.
I hope we'll get to work together some more as you get settled in with your cousins here on WikiTree!
Karen in Colorado, originally from northwest Indiana in Chicago radioland
On 18 Feb 2017 at 15:56 GMT Colleen (Selbrede) Eary wrote:
On 18 Feb 2017 at 04:22 GMT Dorothy (Cook) Coakley wrote:
On 3 Nov 2016 at 22:22 GMT Gaile (Gordon) Connolly wrote:
If you want to add me to your trusted list, I can do that for you, as well as start off your bio with the information from the Wikipedia article and your website. That will make it easier for you to change and add to than if you have to start with nothing there. I am sending you an email message with instructions how to do this and also, how to connect to your parents if you'd rather do it yourself.
I'm so glad that I'll have a family member to work with - together, we're going to really make big inroads!
On 2 Nov 2016 at 08:13 GMT Ludwig Kraayenbrink wrote:
A warm welcome to the WikiTree family! The initial email from us has helpful links that will get you started on WikiTree, which is not like any genealogy site you’ve ever used and it is FREE. WikiTree is different because our goal is to have one profile per person, and that means we all work together as a BIG collaborative team!
What brings you to WikiTree? Do you have research you’d like to share? Are you interested in how your family fits into the big tree? When you confirm your email address, you’ll have an opportunity to volunteer and tell us about your genealogical interests.
Once you volunteer, one of our Greeters will be happy to confirm your membership, and you’ll be on your way!
We’re really glad you’re here. More importantly, have fun growing your family tree and connecting to persons with the same interest.