Joe Alaskey, who provided the voice for famed cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Elmer the Fudd, and Sylvester the Cat has died at age 63. His family members announced the news of his death on Wednesday, TMZ is reporting.
Alaskey's big break in Hollywood came when he was hired in the late '80s by Warner Bros., eventually replacing master impressionist Mel Blanc after his death in 1989. The comic actor, who was born in upstate New York, also provided the voice-overs for Marvin the Martian, Plucky Duck on "Tiny Toon Adventures," Grandpa Lou Pickles on "Rugrats," and the ghost Stinkie from "Casper."
Alaskey's last credits include Droopy on "Tom and Jerry," Green Loontern in "Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham," and as a narrator on Discovery Channel's "Murder Comes To Town." In 2004, Alaskey won an Emmy for his portrayal of Daffy the Duck on Cartoon Network's "Duck Dodgers."
Joe was also an author. We were helping him at Chicago Author Solutions. Among the things we helped him with was creating his website (joealaskey.com). He was always very good to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.