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Joe Alaskey (1952 - 2016)

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Joe Alaskey (1952 - 2016)

Joe Alaskey, a comedian and one of several voice actors who succeeded Mel Blanc in lending their voices to Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Sylvester, has died, according to multiple news sources.

Alaskey, who died Wednesday of cancer in Los Angeles, was 63.

Born April 17, 1952, in New York, the voice artist also voiced other Warner Bros. cartoon characters, including Plucky Duck on “Tiny Toon Adventures” from 1990 to 1995. He voiced the character of Grandpa Lou Pickles on “Rugrats,” the spinoff “All Grown Up!” and the movie versions. He was the second to take on this role, after the original voice of Grandpa Pickles died in 1997.


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Other movie roles for Alaskey included Yosemite Sam in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and Stinkie in "Casper." In a rare nonanimated film role, he provided the voice for President Richard Nixon in 1994's "Forrest Gump."

His most recent voice credits include Droopy on “Tom and Jerry” and Green Loontern on "Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham." He also narrated the Discovery Channel's "Murder Comes to Town."

Alaskey won an Emmy Award in 2004 for his portrayal of Daffy the Duck on the Cartoon Network's "Duck Dodgers."

Alaskey's vocal talents extended beyond creating characters. One notable but anonymous job was redubbing movies when a "clean" version was needed for television: He would provide the euphemisms that were dubbed over profanities.

According to the Telegraph, Alaskey sang every day as a voice exercise. 

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