Albert Wilburn “Bert” Pence, who had a storied career in radio, film and television for more than four decades, died on September 3 at his home in Naples, Florida. He was 79.
In his thirty years as a voice over personality, he was that familiar voice you knew from national networks; including NBC, Discovery, NatGeo, Nature, Meet the Press, Dateline, FOX and FOX News. His charismatic voice was featured on the television series House of Cards and in narrative, documentary and animated films, including Once Upon a Christmas Village and SpongeBob SquarePants. Mr. Pence’s voice was also a fixture on television commercials for iconic brands like Ford, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Dunkin’ Donuts, AT&T, Verizon and numerous state lotteries.
Prior to becoming a voice over artist, Mr. Pence was the Creative Director for New Line Cinema from 1981-1991, and held the same or similar positions at traditional advertising agencies, including Grey Advertising; Doyle, Dane, Bernbach; Mary Wells; and Carl Alley. During the golden age of advertising in New York City, he founded and ran the creative hot-shop Think Group, Inc. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Pence attended The University of Kentucky where he studied broadcasting. Bert was an SO-PB in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of The Explorers Club. He was also a skilled painter, an avid boater, fisherman and founder and president of the Gotham City Riders motorcycle club in New York City.
A distant cousin to former Vice President Mike Pence, Mr. Pence is also survived by his two sons, Glen and Daniel, and eight nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two older brothers.
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