I thought I would try and convey my thoughts in text as well as having the video to show people my thoughts and feelings of the sad passing of this great and very talented actor and voice actor that meant so many different things to so many different people.
To some, Shane was the actor that was in a little bit of everything he could be seen as an uncredited battle technician in Star Wars, showing up in uncredited roles in various scenes throughout the James Bond movie series or even showing up in Batman Begins as a water tower technician based on the fact that Christopher Nolan was a huge fan of the original Thunderbirds series.
But to many others - he was one of the leading protagonists as the role of Scott Tracy. The first team response leader for international rescue and the pilot of the mighty Thunderbird 1.
I think one of the main reasons why Shane's portrayal of the Elders of the Tracy brothers has endured for so many years is because his performance was so likable and so endearing with the command and authority he exuded just through his voice.
In fact I think Scott was the only character that managed to appear in every single episode of the original Thunderbirds. I could be wrong and this would not be the first time.
Whether you saw the original Thunderbirds as a member of the original audience in the 60s or if you were part of the rerun generation in the early 90s and early 2000s at some point or another you were introduced to Scott Tracy. What got me about his performance when I saw the first rerun of Thunderbirds in the early nineties is that this is a character that took control of a situation no matter how dangerous or what the stakes were and started rectifying situations within a danger zone and did so with clear concise and strategic mentality which just cemented why this character was to be taken so seriously.
As far as Thunderbirds fans are concerned Shane leaves behind an amazing Legacy that is not likely to be forgotten. Because as mentioned Thunderbirds was a generational show where grandparents, parents and their children have all enjoyed this amazing show throughout the last 54 years with the Legacy being continued with the 2015 revival show Thunderbirds Are Go.
I'm not 100% sure of what his opinion was of the 2015 series because in the run up to the premiere episode on Easter weekend in 2015 there was a whole string of interviews with the original cast and their memories and their thoughts of the original series and I recall Shane saying it was like toys come to life.
It would have been called if he could have made a guest appearance on the new show in the same context like Matt Zimmerman had done in the Time tunnels episode. But it is what it is.
So I shall close out by saying thank you for everything that you gave to entertain the audience with, Shane. You are a hero to many generations of children and to many adults as well.
Thank you and may you rest peacefully.
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