Joe Alaskey, a comedian and an Award-winning Looney Tunes voice artist died of cancer in Los Angeles, at the age of 63.
The versatile actor was the modern voice of classic characters, including Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester The Cat, Marvin The Martian and many more. The voice actor, was born in New York, he started out as a standup impressionist. He worked with voice actor June Foray on a Boston radio morning show called Effective Radio with Bill.
In the late 1980s, he was hired by Warner Bros. After the death of actor Mel Blanc, Alaskey was assigned as one of the successors of voice. He took on famous roles like Tweety and Sylvester the Cat.
He held a wide range of parts including Marvin the Martian, Grandpa Lou Pickles from the show Rugrats, Stinkie from the film Casper, and Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures. He also provided the voice for Richard Nixon on the critically acclaimed film Forrest Gump. Alaskey won an Emmy Award in 2004 for his portrayal of Daffy the Duck on the Cartoon Network’s “Duck Dodgers.”
Surely Joe Alaskey’s voice will be missed. May his Soul Rest In Peace.