“I want you to understand the words. I want you to taste thewords. I want you to love the words. Because the words are important. Butthey’re only words. You leave them on the paper, and you take the thoughts andput them into your mind, and then you as an actor recreate them, as if thethoughts had suddenly occurred to you.”—Daws Butler
Now you can audit a real Daws Butler acting workshop!
This is a raw, unedited recording of Daws Butler protégé JoeBevilacqua (a.k.a. Joe Bev) and fellow Daws students cold reading Butler’sscripts and being taught by their mentor. It was recorded by the then seventeen-year-oldBevilacqua on Thursday, July 29, 1976, in Beverly Hills. The scripts heard inthis workshop are published in the books UncleDunkle and Donnie and Scenes forActors and Voices, both published by BearManor Media.
Daws Butler is considered one of greatest voice actors ofthe twentieth century. Known as the voice of Hanna-Barbera, he spent twodecades with the animation production company and originated the voices of manywell-known cartoon characters, including Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw,Huckleberry Hound, and Cap’n Crunch.