Voice actor remembered: Joe Alaskey Dies at 63, Joe Alaskey, who grew up in Watervliet, moved to Hollywood and gained fame as a voice actor who mastered the vocal tics and slurpy lisps of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 63.
He had lived outside Los Angeles for the past 30 years, but came home a year ago after his cancer diagnosis. He was on hospice care and died at his Green Island apartment with his brother at his side.
Alaskey topped the ranks of the rarefied company of elastic-mouthed performers who made their living by performing the voices of animated characters — heard but not seen.
His credits ranged from the voices of Grandpa Lou Pickles on “Rugrats” to Jackie Gleason, a voice so spot-on that Gleason personally chose Alaskey in the 1980s to re-record selected dialogue from “lost episodes” of “The Honeymooners.”
He was hired to do many of the Warner Bros. cartoon characters voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc — including Bugs, Daffy, Sylvester, Tweety and others — after Blanc died in 1989.