Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dies at 63

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Joe Alaskey, who voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweetyand Sylvester the Cat, among other legendary cartoon characters, died on Wednesday of cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 63.

Alaskey’s spokesperson, K.P. Lynne, shared the news on the actor’s Facebook page, writing, “Never doubt that Joe loved each and every one of you. Your comments and posts always made his day and brought joy to his heart and life.”

Alaskey replaced Mel Blanc as the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck after his death in 1989, assuming the Warner Bros. characters during the 2000s, including in the film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.” He has also given voice to other Looney Tunes animated heroes, including Tweety and Sylvester. He served as the primary voice for Plucky Duck on “Tiny Toon Adventures” and Yosemite Sam on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

Alaskey won a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing Daffy the Duck on Cartoon Network’s “Duck Dodgers.” He also provided the voice-overs for Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Grandpa Lou Pickles on “Rugrats,” Droopy the Dog on “Tom and Jerry” and the ghost Stinkie from “Casper.” He even lent his talents to “Forrest Gump” as the voice of Richard Nixon.

Alaskey’s last credits include Droopy on “Tom and Jerry,” Green Loontern on “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” and the narrator on Investigation Discovery’s “Murder Comes to Town.”

Alaskey was also a writer, penning a memoir, “That’s Still Not All Folks!!,” in 2009 and recently publishing a horror novel, “Frater Dementis,” and a collection of short stories, “Queasy Street: Volume One — Eleven Tales of Fantasy.”

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  1. I am impressed to read this information. Your information is very useful and helpful.. I appreciate to your work.. Thanks for sharing this information

  2. Dan Meyers says:

    Supposedly he had been hearing voices in his head for some time. Tha, tha, tha, that’s all, folks!

  3. Rex says:

    My earliest memory of Alaskey was doing a stand-up bit on Late Night With David Letterman somewhere in the late 80’s. He did this “combined impersonation” of Kirk Douglas and a couple of other old Hollywood tough guys (maybe Heston? Lancaster?) which after a prolonged build-up amounted to little more than a short, constipated grunt that perfectly encapsulated the actors. Every time I’ve thought of it since then, I still crack up.

  4. ECheung says:

    Truly saddened. Knew Joe in his days back in New York when he used to drop by the NYC Improv and other comedy venues. Always had a smile, always ready to laugh at your jokes (thanks, Joe!). Joe was a great fan of Laurel and Hardy; I know he felt honored to be in the same business as them and others he considered “The Masters.” Joe–you now take your rightful place among them.

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