Ronald D. Sweed was born in Euclid on January 23, 1949, and died on April 1, 2019.
He was an American entertainer and author, known for his late-night television horror host character “The Ghoul”.
Ronald mother is Irene Barnard.
Ronald’s father was Robert Sweed.
Ronald grew up in Cleveland.
In an interview with Ronald mother, Metro Times reporter Anita Schmaltz asked, “Did you ever expect to give birth to a Ghoul.
He was 3 or 4 when he went to downtown Cleveland with his grandfather to see Santa Claus and buy him a Christmas present.
Ronald picked out a puppet.
When he was 8 or 9, he was given marionettes.
He would put on shows for the neighborhood kids with the marionettes.
Ronald fourth grade teacher at one time could not keep his attention.
Every Wednesday he would put on a show for the class with his Jerry Mahoney dummy.
In 1970 he approached Ernie Anderson with a proposal to revive Anderson’s “Ghoulardi” character.
Anderson was not interested but gave his blessing to revive the character on his own.
With that blessing, he took “The Ghoul” to Cleveland’s Kaiser Broadcasting station WKBF-TV in 1971.
Though it started as a tribute to Ghoulardi, he soon developed his own eye-catching gags and energetic style.
The Ghoul would typically take an unbelievably bad horror movie and dump in sound bites at appropriate moments, using audio clips from novelty records, George Carlin, Firesign Theater and rock albums of the ’60s and early ’70s.
And whenever a character took a drink of something on-screen, The Ghoul would supply a good, loud belch.
On March 5, 2016, he was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his debut on Cleveland TV, and to honor his continuing popularity in the city.
He met his first wife, Barbara J. King when she was seventeen, and she was eighteen when they married.
They were married for fourteen years.
King and he remained friends.
Ronald met Mary Therese Matousek in 1988.
He later married Matousek around 1993 as they were married for twenty-six years.
He passed away at 70 years old.