John Moschitta Jr., also known as "Motormouth" John Moschitta and The Fast Talking Guy (born August 6, 1954 in New York City), is an American spokesperson, singer, and actor who is best known for his rapid speech delivery. He appeared in over 100 commercials as "The Micro Machines Man"[1] and in a 1981 ad for FedEx. He provided the voice for Blurr in The Transformers: The Movie (1986), The Transformers (1986–1987), Transformers: Animated (2008–2009) and two direct-to-video films.

John Moschitta Jr
John Moschitta, Jr. - Retro Con, Oaks, PA 9-12-15 (21360305636).jpg
Moschitta Jr. at the September 12, 2015 Retro Con in Oaks, Pennsylvania
Born (1954-08-06) August 6, 1954 (age 65)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesMotormouth, The Fast Talking Guy
OccupationSpokesperson, singer, actor
Years active1979–present

Moschitta had been credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Fastest Talker,[1] with the ability to articulate 586 words per minute. His record was broken in 1990 by Steve Woodmore who spoke 637 words per minute[2][3] and then by Sean Shannon, who spoke 655 words per minute on August 30, 1995.[4] However, Moschitta questions the legitimacy of those who claim to be faster than he is.[5]

FedEx commercialEdit

In 1981, Moschitta appeared on the ABC TV series That's Incredible![6] The appearance led to many other television offers, such as The Tonight Show and the Merv Griffin Show.[6] Also, after seeing the show, Patrick Kelly and Michael Tesch, employees of the Ally & Gargano ad agency, hired Moschitta to appear in a FedEx commercial; the package-delivery company was then still known by its original name, Federal Express.[7] In the ad, "Fast Paced World",[8] directed by Joe Sedelmaier, Moschitta played a fast-talking executive named Jim Spleen. The commercial garnered six Clio Awards, including Best Performance–Male award for Moschitta and earned him the nickname "Motormouth". Turn-of-the-century polls named it the Most Effective Campaign in the History of Advertising and named Moschitta the Most Effective Spokesperson.[citation needed] The 40th-anniversary issue of New York Magazine (October 6, 2008) listed it as number one in "The Most Memorable Advertisements Madison Avenue Ever Sold."[9] Advertising Age ranked the ad number 11 among its "Top 100 Campaigns" in March 1999.[10] According to Moschitta, he did 29 flawless takes of the final scene of the commercial, prompting the director to remark that he is "like a machine" who never makes mistakes. In response, Moschitta deliberately fumbled on a line, which was ultimately the take that was used in the final cut.[11]

Other television workEdit

He was a contestant on Pyramid in the 1970s and then was a production assistant on Pyramid producer Bob Stewart's game show Shoot for the Stars in 1977 and later played two weeks of Pyramid as a celebrity, one in 1983 and one in 1988.

In addition to his commercials for Federal Express, Moschitta completed over 750 television and radio commercials, including national campaigns for Minute Rice, Quality Inn, Northwest Airlines, Olympus Camera, Mattel, Post Cereals, Tiger Games, Continental Airlines, Burger King, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, HBO, Micro Machines, and JetBlue. The "Great Cable Comparison" spot for HBO, in which he played a dozen characters, earned him his second Clio recognition and a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York (1985).[citation needed] In 1996, Moschitta was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Emmy organization) for his contribution to outstanding commercials.[citation needed]

Moschitta also appeared in a number of movies and television shows. For example, he voiced the character of Blurr in The Transformers: The Movie,[6] and reprised the character in Transformers Animated.

Moschitta has been an announcer on two television game shows: Hollywood Squares and Balderdash.

In 2016, Moschitta appeared on an episode of SuperHuman as a part of the challenge "Fast Car" in which he rapidly explained the various prices of three different vehicles to contestant Mike Byster, who had to calculate the sticker prices of each one correctly. The episode aired only on June 26, 2017.

Audio recordingsEdit

In 1986, Moschitta recorded a spoken-word album entitled Ten Classics in Ten Minutes. In this recording, Moschitta summarizes ten classic literary tales in one minute each. The collection includes stories such as Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind; and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.[6] Soon after, the team produced a second recording, Professor John Moschitta's Ten-Minute University. In it, Moschitta delivered 60-second lectures on various subjects such as comparative literature, physics, economics, psychology, and football. Both were originally released on audio cassette in the 1980s; they were released on CD in 2004, with accompanying books.

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bellomo, Mark (September 2010). Totally Tubular '80s Toys. Krause Publications. p. 171. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Mathews, Peter (1992). The Guinness Book of Records 1993. Guinness World Records Limited. p. 64. ISBN 9780851129785.
  3. ^ Callihan, Jon R. (Feb 2002). "Here This (Or Try To)". Popular Science. 260 (2). Bonnier Corporation. p. 76. ISSN 0161-7370.
  4. ^ "Faster Talker". GuinnessWorldRecords.com. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Ruiz, Michelle. "Is the Micro-Machines Guy Still the Fastest-Talking Man on the Planet?". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Gervais, Marty (8 November 1986). "Motor-mouth led to his rapid success". The Saturday Windsor Star. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  7. ^ Walker, Ben (6 March 1983). "Quick quip: Actor talks his way into Federal Express commercials". The Daily News (Kentucky). Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Federal Express "Fast Paced World" commercial from 1981". YouTube. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  9. ^ Parish, Nick (2008-09-28). "The Most Memorable Advertisements Madison Avenue Ever Sold". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Ad Age Advertising Century: Top 100 Campaigns". Advertising Age. Crain Communications. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  11. ^ Great Big Story (24 October 2017). "Talking Fast With a Record-Setting Speed Talker" – via YouTube.

Further readingEdit

  • Bellomo, Mark (2010). Totally Tubular '80s Toys. Krause Publications. p. 171. ISBN 9781440216473.
  • Birla, Madan (2012). FedEx Delivers: How the World's Leading Shipping Company Keeps Innovating and Outperforming the Competition. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118428979.
  • Butler, Jeremy G. (2012). Television Style. Taylor & Francis. p. 120. ISBN 9780415965118.

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