ORIGINAL CAST PROFILES – Dan Seymour
Dan Seymour was born in 1914.
After graduating from Amherst College in 1935, Seymour began his career as a radio announcer. A year later, he joined the Columbia Broadcasting System in New York and , with his deep, mellow voice, went on to other announcer roles on various shows.
His contribution to The War of the Worlds was as the regular announcer of The Mercury Theater on the Air (usually the fist voice to be heard at the beginning of every program).
At the time of his death, Seymour was serving as a director of several companies, including American Express.
The following was taken from a North America Radio Archives newsletter (Autumn 1982):
“Dan Seymour, 68, served as president and later chairman of the board of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in the 1960’s and early 70’s. He began his career as a radio announcer and played with announcer who, in Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds, terrified listeners with realistic bulletins on Martian invaders. He was also the announcer for the human interest radio and television program “We the People” and served as announcer and master of ceremonies of such radio staples as “Duffy’s Tavern”, The Aldrich Family”, “The Benny Goodman Show” and the “Camel Caravan Swing School”. Seymour died of a heart attack in New York.”
Seymour was 68 years old.