This reporter feels awful to only now learn several days ago that actor Campbell Lane had passed away at the age of 78. Though the name probably doesn't ring a bel to some, his voice and the roles he played on numerous cartoons and English-dubbed anime touched many geeks' lives. For this reporter easily recalls his role of Skeletor from The New Adventures of He-Man (probably the only reason I tuned in each week to see if this version of Skeletor would eat the show and one of the few entertaining things about the show) and the Narrator for Gundam Wing who always kicked off the show with "After Colony 195" and then giving us the summation of the events of either the previous episode or current one (he'd reprise the role for Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz). The rest of the world knows his voice best on Transformers: Beast Wars as Rampage, the sadistic Predacon triple-changer. Though this reporter favorite character was the series' main antagonist yeeeeeessss, it was never a dull moment when Rampage joined the series in Season 2 with the episode "Bad Spark".
Lane wasn't subjected to just animated roles and appeared in movies and television shows as well such as: Dreamcatcher (2003), Babylon 5, the X-Files, Millennium, and Cool Runnings (1993). The actor took part in a few Marvel roles playing Baron Von Strucker in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (yes the that starred the Hoff as said title character), Mastermind in X-Men Evolution, and his final voice role was an additional voice in Planet Hulk (2010). So here's to you Mr. Lane and for the wondrous roles you gave us:
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Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Character Spotlight, and Cartoon Reviews. He's also an aspiring comic book writer trying to get some of his works published on the Outhouse. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.
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