On July 8, 2017, voiceover artist Randy Schell passed away during a parachuting accident in Houston, Texas. While his name and face may not be readily recognizable, his voice has teased fans through promos and narration across numerous TV shows. Most notably AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and Better Call Saul, as well as NBC’s Blindspot and History’s American Restoration.
At a young age, Schell borrowed his father’s tape recorder and began learning about audio – and in the process, things he could do with his voice. By age 14, Schell had convinced a local radio station to let him hang around and learn. While most children his age were playing at the park, Schell was in demand voicing commercials and promos. Since then, Schell’s familiar voice has been heard in commercials for 20th Century Fox, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Geico, Nike and Levi’s, among many others.
According to his website, randyschell.com, Schell also did voice work for radio and TV stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Denver, Miami, Detroit, New Orleans, San Antonio, Austin, Salt Lake City, Tampa and for the ABC Radio Networks. He also narrated nearly 500 episodes of Judge Alex, a syndicated reality court show.
Schell’s agent Jenny Bosby, who confirmed his death, shared that her client was “a great friend” and “a great man” who will be missed by many. “He had a golden voice, he knew what to do with it. He was a constant professional. Everyone loved working with him. He was also a brilliant producer and engineer,” added Bosby.