Kevin Yon

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) reported that Rockford-Michigan based voice over artist Kevin Yon passed away in his sleep this past Sunday morning.

Yon had been a voice-artist for 30 years before hitting it big in 2011 as the voice of the now-legendary Chrysler 2-minute “Imported from Detroit” ad that aired during the Super Bowl.  Stuart Poltrock, of Sound Post Studios, where he and Yon would work, said, “His words: he became a ’30-year overnight success.’ That’s how Kevin described himself,” Poltrock said. “Cause he was there the whole time, everybody knew his voice. They didn’t know who he was. And pretty soon we were getting auditions that would say, ‘We want someone that sounds like Morgan Freeman or Jeff Bridges, or the ‘Chrysler Guy.’ It’s his own brand.”

The Chrysler spot led to voice-work for Jim Beam, Major League Baseball and broadcasts for the National Football League.

Yon’s 30-year voice over career included a promotional spot for WOOD-TV.  Yon also was a writer and an actor in both film and on the theater stage.