Emmy-nommed actor Tony Jay, best known for voicing Judge Frollo in Disney toon “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and characters in videogames, died Aug. 13 in Los Angeles from complications after cancer surgery in April. He was 73.
Heard in commercials and cartoons, he often voiced malevolent characters in vidgames due to his baritone, described as “regal, deep, wise.”
Among the games he voiced for were “X-Men Legends,” “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” and the “Legacy of Kain” series”
London native began thesping at age 30 when he moved to South Africa, where he worked in TV, radio and theater. Back in London, he played Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” and in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Nicholas Nickleby.”
He also acted in New York and Hollywood, where he moved 1986. Filmwork includes comedy “Twins” (starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger), “My Stepmother Is An Alien” (Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger), and his final film, the new “Albert Fish,” which he narrated.
North American TV work includes “Beauty and the Beast,” “Twin Peaks,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “ReBoot” and the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s “TaleSpin” series; he voiced the same character in Disney’s “The Jungle Book 2” film.
In 2003, he was nommed for a Daytime Emmy for his voice work in Nickelodeon’s “Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends.”
Survivors include wife Marta, a son, his mother and a brother.