From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. As an actor, Ivess work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music critic John Rockwell said, Ivess voice ... had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity. And it moved people. Description above from the Wikipedia article Burl Ives, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.