Michael Angelis, the narrator from the Thomas the Tank Engine series Thomas & Friends, died on Saturday, May 30. He was 76 years old.
According to his agent, Angelis died suddenly while at home with his wife, Jennifer Khalastchi. An official cause of death was not given.
Angelis narrated the United Kingdom version of Thomas & Friends from 1991 to 2012, taking over for Ringo Starr. He also narrated two episodes of Season 6 and four episodes of Season 7 of the American version of the TV show, as well as the films Hero of the Rails, Misty Island Rescue and Days of the Diesels.
Based on The Railway Series of books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry, Thomas & Friends follows the adventures of the blue, anthropomorphic locomotive Thomas and his fellow trains. The series premiered in 1984 in the United Kingdom and 1989 in the United States. The series is currently in its 24th season and has spawned 14 films, limited series and specials.
Thomas makes an appearance in the first Ant-Man film during the final battle between the titular hero and Yellowjacket, which takes place on a toy train set.
(Via The Guardian.)
Michael Angelis, the narrator from Thomas the Tank Engine, died at the age of 76.