Joe Alaskey, the voice actor, who was Mel Blanc's successor, passed away Wednesday night from cancer.

 

He was born in New York on April 17, 1952 and started work as a stand-up impressionist. 

 

He was the voice behind such notable characters as Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and of course, Bugs Bunny.  He was also the voice for many other characters on the show and was the voice of Plucky Duck in Tiny Toon Adventures.  Joe’s other work included the voice of Richard Nixon in 1994’s Forrest Gump, as well as playing Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit:

 

He also took over the role of Rugrats’ Grandpa in 1997 after the death of the character’s original voice actor.  He worked on the series from 1997-2004 as well as its spin-off, All Grown Up.

 

He won an Emmy Award in 1994 for his work as Daffy in the show Duck Dodgers, and was nominated for an Annie Award for the same role in 2004.

 

Joe’s later roles included work on the 2011 film Tom And Jerry And The Wizard Of Oz, which won him a nomination at the Behind The Voice Actors Awards in 2012.

 

 

Published by Jimm Morgan