Where Are They Now: Scooby Doo


Scooby Doo’s first episode on TV was in 1969, for those of you doing the math, that’s 41 years ago. Since that time, the actors that have played your childhood beloved characters, have all grown up. Lets take a look at what they have been up to since then.

Scooby Doo, was originally 13 dogs, owner Daniel Filmore, was a dog trainer and breeder. Back before PETA, animals were able to work longer hours, but on the set of Scooby Doo, multiple animals were used, a first in it’s day, which spearheaded the movie industry to change it’s practices. Sadly many Scooby Doo’s have died over the years due to old age, the original Scooby Doo, died in 1979, but as many as 230 dogs have been show cased as our beloved animal since that time.

Filmore, still breeds those beloved dogs, and has a ranch out in Morro Bay, California, where most of those dogs are bred. He also has a shop in town that specializes in doggie treats and sends them all over the world, called Scooby’s Doo.  Yes folks, we won’t bother you with a picture.

Hanna Barbara, which produced the show, bought the ashes of the first Scooby, in an urn, that looks like a bust of the head of Scooby for $2.5 million.

The Scooby dog, number 3-12 all had problems getting along on the set, and many times were cut from scenes or not even used at all. Some of the breeds, like the Scrappy Doo, version were very spunky and most had to be put down due to there temperament. All 63 Scrappy Doo versions, were killed, mostly because their heads were way bigger then their bodies.

Daniel Filmore, made millions off of his breeding of a lovable, but slight retarded dog.

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Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rogers, played by Kenny Swimm, got his big break, when he tried out for Scooby Doo. Swimm, was type-casted, and never broke the mold that Hollywood put him in.

In 1992, Swimm, ran for mayor of Weed, California and won by a land-slide. In 1998, Swimm, taught college at UC Berkley, and then went back to politics, as the head of the Prop 19 Movement, which is also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, it is a California ballot proposition which will be on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot. It legalizes various marijuana-related activities, allowing local governments to regulate these activities. Swimm hasn’t went very far from his Shaggy Days, but how he put’s it, “You are who the public says you are, so why fight it.”

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Fred Jones, played by Fred Phelps Jr., is the son of the famous Gay hating Fred Phelps, of the God hates Fags Christian Movement. Fred Jr, knew he was gay at the tender age of 14, but hid it from his father. Later when Fred Jr. was 16 he ran away from home and started acting, his big break was in Hawaii-Five O as a teen surfer, who Jack Lord, had to save from Pineapple drug lords. This guest appearance landed him the roll of a lifetime, as Fred in Scooby Doo. After the lights dimmed on his Scooby Doo career,

Fred Jr, went on to act in other things, doing small parts in Love Boat, Fantasy Island, A-Team, and Golden Girls. Fred Jr, has turned from in front of the camera to behind the camera, as the director of shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malcolm in the Middle, and now Glee. Fred Jr, lives in LA with his life partner, Giorgio Fernando, and their 3 adopted kids.

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Daphne Blake, played by Torri Wellington. The Wellingtons, were a very rich family from Britain, and did many travels to America, while trying to get funding in 1967 for You Only Live Twice, a James Bond movie, starting Sean Connery, they made a lot of contacts in Hollywood. This helped pave the way for young Torri Wellington, to get a roll on a major TV show, the only problem was Torri had a very noticeable British accent, and had to go to dialog coaches to lose the accent. But with “Daddy” helping Hanna Barbara, fund the show, her as Daphne, was not going to get re-casted. It wasn’t till Joan Ganz Cooney and Ralph Rogers, the founders of Sesame Street, came in and taught Torri how to speak all over again, this helped launch an idea of their own, which is how we have Sesame Street.

After the success of Scooby Doo, Torri tried her success in the Theater, with major success in CATS, Oklahoma, Sweeney Todd, and The King and I, winning 3 Tony Awards in her career, Torri teaches acting at USC, and is single after being divorced 3 times.

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Velma Dinkley, played by Kim Dock-Martinez, never really, like acting. She was a back-up singer by trade, and that too never really paned out. Both Hanna and Barbara were out late one night, and in this jazz bar was Dock, performing cover tunes. They hit if off, and shortly after that they offered her a job as Velma, on Scooby Doo, the rest is history.

After the limelight, Velma wrote theme-songs to TV shows for a living, for shows like, Punky Brewster, Family Matter, Perfect Strangers, Full House, Growing Pains, and Alf.

The theme-song market dried up for her and she got married to Kenny Swimm, after helping him campaign as mayor of Weed.

She and Kenny were only married for 2 years then got divorced in 1994, which was a bitter battle, with each side not wanting to give an inch. Dock married her lawyer, Jesus Martinez, shortly after that and now has a son and daughter. Diego, and Dora. Which she helps manage their careers as their agent, and acting coach.

Child actors Diego and Dora, following in their mother's foot steps.

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