Joe Alaskey, who has voiced several famed cartoon characters has died from cancer at the age of 63. Family members announced the news of his death on Wednesday morning. Alaskey who was an American actor, comedian and voice artist was born in upstate New York in 1952. He was hired by Warner Brothers in the late 80’s to take over for Mel Blanc after his death as the voice actor for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety.
Since Joe Alaskey has taken over from Mel Blanc he went on to voice several other of the Loonie Toons as well as characters outside of Warner Brothers. He took on the role of Grandpa Lou Pickles in the show Rugrats after the previous actor passed away and he’s even he voice of Richard Nixon in the film Forrest Gump. Mr. Alaskey also provided his voice for several video game characters including Mermaid Man, Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny and The Green Loontern.
In 2004, Joe Alaskey won an Emmy for voicing Daffy Duck in the Duck Dodgers series. The series involved a crossover with the popular DC comics character Green Lantern. Duck Dodgers became the Green Loontern, who recently made an appearance in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Reprising his role as the Green Loontern is one of the most recent works by Mr. Alaskey. He also narrated the show Murder Comes to Town which airs of the Investigation Discovery Network. A full list of his work can be found here.
The Alaskey Family has requested privacy but directed fans to a Facebook page for further updates as it becomes available.
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