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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Alaskey, Voice Behind Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies at 63

Joe Alaskey, the voice of iconic Looney Tunes notable cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Daffy Duck has reportedly died of cancer on Wednesday 3rd of January 2016 at the age of 63.

Alaskey, who was born in upstate New York, started out as a standup impressionist. He worked with voice actor June Foray on a Boston radio morning show called Effective Radio with Bill.

He was hired by Warner Bros in the late 1980s. Alaskey is credited as one of the successors of voice and comedic actor Mel Blanc after he died in 1989. He took on famous roles like Tweety and Sylvester the Cat.

‎Since then, Alaskey has 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, who once revealed that he sang every day to keep his larynx supple, won a Daytime Emmy award in 2004 for his work on the cartoon Duck Dodgers.

His latest credits include the voice of Droopy on Tom and Jerry and Green Loontern in Lego Batman 3.

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