Joseph Francis Alaskey III
April 17, 1952
Troy, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 3, 2016 (aged 63)|
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, impressionist|
Joseph Francis Alaskey III (April 17, 1952 – February 3, 2016) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist.
Alaskey was one of Mel Blanc's successors at the Warner Bros. Animation studio until his death. He alternated with Jeff Bergman and Greg Burson in voicing Warner Bros. cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, and Taz, among many others. He also voiced Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures from 1990 to 1995. Alaskey was the second actor to voice Grandpa Lou Pickles on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats (inheriting the role after David Doyle's death in 1997). He voiced Lou again in the Rugrats spin-off series All Grown Up!, as well as the Rugrats film trilogy. He also voiced Uncle Stinkie in Casper, as well as the film's 1996 animated spin-off The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper.
Alaskey was born in Troy, New York on April 17, 1952. At age 3, he was looking for a pair of sunglasses or people's cigar butts so that he could portray different characters. Alaskey was interested in archeology at the age of ten. After archeology, he was interested in becoming a priest and an English teacher. Alaskey moved to New York City in the 1970s. While initially in New York City, he worked in insurance while the acting was getting started.
Alaskey was occasionally seen onscreen impersonating Jackie Gleason, with whom he shared a physical resemblance. In the 1980s, Gleason personally chose Alaskey to re-record selected dialogue from the "lost episodes" of The Honeymooners found in Gleason's private collection. After Gleason died in 1987, the project was shelved. In 1985, Alaskey provided various voices for Galtar and the Golden Lance. Alaskey was in several television shows including Night Court, Head of the Class, Back to the Future, and Spitting Image: The 1987 Movie Awards. His first major film was Who Framed Roger Rabbit as Yosemite Sam. Alaskey provided a vocal Gleason impersonation in the "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" episode of Bakshi-Hyde Ventures' Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures in 1988, and a Cary Grant impersonation in "The Bride of Mighty Mouse" episode from the same season.
Alaskey did voice work for non-Warner Bros. characters. He has voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats (inheriting the role after David Doyle's death in 1997). He voiced Lou again in the Rugrats spin-off series, All Grown Up!, as well as the Rugrats film trilogy. He also created the voice of Thomas Timberwolf for the internet series TimberWolf, created by animation legend Chuck Jones. He was heard briefly as a voice-over announcer for the Toon Disney channel (and sometimes Dcom extras on Disney Channel). He was the voice of Curt Connors in the Spider-Man 2 video game and Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. Alaskey was in the independent film The Legend of Sasquatch and voiced Mermaid Man in the video games SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! and SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab. He voiced Stinkie in Casper as well as that film's 1996 animated spin-off, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. Alaskey played Beano Froelich in Out of This World but left the show early in its final season, making only infrequent appearances in a few episodes. In the 1980s, he worked as the original announcer on the short-lived game show Couch Potatoes, hosted by Marc Summers. Alaskey made several onscreen appearances, portraying the show's "next door neighbor". For the show's final weeks, he was replaced by Jim McKrell and the "next door neighbor" concept was dropped. During this time, he was also a panelist on The New Hollywood Squares, hosted by John Davidson.
In 2008, Alaskey participated in a unique interview conducted by Logan Leistikow and released by TheYellowMic.com. He answered questions and told his story, then went out onto Hollywood Boulevard and talked to people on the street who wanted to hear his famous voices. This was the first time Alaskey had performed in public in this manner. In 2003, he took over the roles of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action. He also, at times, provided the voices for Sylvester, Tweety, and other Looney Tunes characters. Alaskey was the primary voice for Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures. In 2014, Alaskey started narrating the television documentary series Murder Comes to Town, which airs on the Investigation Discovery Network.
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|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Yosemite Sam ||Voice only; film debut|
|Lucky Stiff||Ron Douglas|
|1990||Spaced Invaders||Dr. Ziplock||Voice only|
|1991||Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes||Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|1992||Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation||Plucky Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tupelo Toad, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon |
|1993||Bank Robber||Night Clerk #2|
|The Waiter||Producer||Short film|
|1994||Forrest Gump||President Richard Nixon ||Voice only|
|1995||Casper||Stinkie ||Voice only|
|Carrotblanca||Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat||Voice only; Short film|
|Another Froggy Evening||Marvin the Martian|
|1996||Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension||Duck Dodgers, K-9, Martian Commander|
|1997||Father of the Bird||Sylvester the Cat|
|1998||The Rugrats Movie||Grandpa Lou Pickles ||Voice only|
|Quest for Camelot Sing-Alongs||Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|Looney Tunes Sing-Alongs||Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird|
|2000||Tweety's High Flying Adventure||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Pepé Le Pew|
Marvin the Martian, Henery Hawk, Colonel Rimfire, Additional Voices
|Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||Grandpa Lou Pickles ||Voice only|
|2001||Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase||Officer Wembly ||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|Timber Wolf||Thomas Timber Wolf|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Hunter, Nuk |
|2003||Rugrats Go Wild||Grandpa Lou Pickles ||Voice only|
|Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction||Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Sylvester Jr., Tweety Bird, Marvin the Martian||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|Looney Tunes: Reality Check||Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Cecil Turtle, Beaky Buzzard|
|Looney Tunes: Back in Action||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Beaky Buzzard, Mama Bear ||Voice only|
|2004||Daffy Duck for President||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck||Voice only; Short film|
|Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas||Bugs Bunny|
|2006||The Legend of Sasquatch||Dave||Voice only|
|Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian ||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|2007||Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike||Santa Claus, Bagger, Chief Manamana ||Voice only|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Bugs Bunny ||Voice only; Direct-to-video|
|2009||The Haunted World of El Superbeasto||Erik the Newscaster, Van Sloan |
|2011||Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz||The Wizard of Oz, Butch, Droopy Dog |
|2012||Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse||Friar Tuck, Droopy Dog |
|2013||Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure||Droopy Dog/King Droopy |
|2015||Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest||Droopy Dog |
|2016||Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz||The Wizard of Oz, Butch, Droopy Dog ||Posthumous release|
voice only; Direct-to-video
dedicated in memory.
|1987-1991||Out of this World||Beano Froelich||68 Episodes|
|1988||Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures||Sourpuss (voice)|
|1989||Coach Potatoes||Himself as the announcer and neighbor of host Marc Summers||9 Episodes|
|1990-1992||Tiny Toon Adventures||Plucky Duck, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester
Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian
Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzales
Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Pete Puma (voice)
|1991||Back to the Future||The Sheriff (voice)||2 Episodes|
|1991||Where's Waldo?||Additional voices|
|1992||Nurses||Trekker #1||Episode: "Eat Something"|
|1992||The Little Mermaid||Lobster Mobster (voice)||3 Episodes|
|1992||Tom & Jerry Kids||Additional voices||Episode: "Penthouse Mouse/12 Angry Sheep/The Ant Attack"|
|1992||The Golden Palace||Mr. Smith #3||Episode: "Camp Town Races Aren't Nearly as Much Fun as They Used to Be"|
|1993||Bonkers||Flaps the Elephant (voice)||4 Episodes|
|1994-1996||Duckman||Dream Sequence Criminal (voice)||3 Episodes|
|1995-2000||The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries||Sylvester, Tweety, Marvin the Martian (voice)|
|1995||The Baby Huey Show||Baby Huey (voice)||Season Two Only|
|1996||Life with Louie||Johnny Love (voice)||Episode: "A Fair to Remember"|
|1996-1998||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Stinkie, Gorey Narrator (voice)||Recurring Role|
|1996||Quack Pack||Amos Slade (voice)||Episode: "Ducky Dearest"|
|1997||Extreme Ghostbusters||Sturt (voice)||3 Episodes|
|1997-2004||Rugrats||Grandpa Lou Pickles, Various Others (voice)|
|1998||The Drew Carey Show||Daffy Duck (voice)||Episode: "My Best Friend's Wedding"|
|1999||Timon & Pumbaa||Little Jimmy (voice)||2 Episodes|
|1999||Hey Arnold!||German Major, Soldier #2||Episode: "Veterans Day"|
|1999||Men in Black: The Series||Short Bug, Truck Driver (voice)||Episode: "The Mine, Mine, Mine Syndrome"|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Soda Vendbot, Newspaper Vendbot (voice)||Episode: "The Slayer"|
|2001||Johnny Bravo||Jean Paul, Piney, Platypus (voice)||Episode: "Lumberjack Johnny"|
|2001||Time Squad||Robin Hood, Wilbur, Mayor (voice)||Episode: "If It's Wright, It's Wrong/Recruitment Ad/Killing Time"|
|2001||Samurai Jack||General, Alien #3 (voice)||Episode: "Episode VII"|
|2003||Teamo Supremo||Chief (voice)||Episode: "The Chief of Cheer"|
|2003||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||Peter Potamus, FEAR #1, Employee (voice)||2 Episodes|
|2003-2005||Duck Dodgers||Captain Duck Edgar Dumas Aloysius Dodgers
Martian Commander X-2, Tomar-Re, Muttley, Rocky
Beaky Buzzard, Himself (voice)
|Main role, 39 Episodes |
|2003||My Life as a Teenage Robot||Ivan, Storeowner #3, Eyedrop Salesman (voice)||Episode: "See No Evil"|
|2003-2008||All Grown Up!||Grandpa Lou Pickles, Rustler #2 (voice)|
|2006-2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Dealer, Additional Voices, Broadsword Man (voice)||2 Episodes|
|2006||Codename: Kids Next Door||Principal Smelling (voice)||Episode: "Operation R.E.C.E.S.S."|
|2006-2007||Loonatics Unleashed||Melvin the Martian, Sylth Vester, The Royal Tweetums, Stoney the Stone (voice)||5 Episodes|
|2008-2013||The Garfield Show||Additional voices||5 Episodes|
- Night Court – Thomas Dobbs
- Super Password – (1988) Himself
- Head of the Class – Jack
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures – (1990) Additional Voices
- Murder Comes to Town – Narrator on the Investigation Discovery true crime TV series.
|1996||Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and the Beanstalk||Plucky Duck||Credited as Joe Alasky|
|1997||Dilbert's Desktop Games||Phil The Prince of Insufficient Light, Accounting Troll|
|The X-Fools||Additional voices|
|1998||Microshaft Winblows 98|
|Rugrats Adventure Game||Grandpa Lou Pickles|||
|Rugrats: Search for Reptar|
|Tiny Toon Adventures: The Great Beanstalk||Plucky Duck||Uncredited|
|1999||Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time||Marvin the Martian, Rocky and Mugsy, Daffy Duck|||
|Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Important Merchant, Interpreter, Watto's Flunky|
|Tiny Toon Adventures: Toonenstein||Plucky Duck|
|Rugrats: Studio Tour||Grandpa Lou Pickles|||
|2000||Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption||Additional voices|
|Duck Dodgers Starring Daffy Duck||Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Dr. I.Q. HI|||
|Escape from Monkey Island||Digg the Lucre Lawyer, Judge Edd|
|Looney Tunes Racing||Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Gossamer, Rocky and Mugsy, Marvin the Martian, Tweety, Smokey the Genie, Peter Lorre scientist|||
|Looney Tunes Space Race||Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Tweety|||
|Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters||Count Blood Count, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Bubba Chop|||
|2001||Sheep, Dog 'n' Wolf||Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Gossamer, Phantom|||
|2002||Rugrats: Royal Ransom||Grandpa Lou Pickles|||
|Loons: The Fight for Fame||Daffy Duck, Sylvester|
|Taz: Wanted||Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird|
|Hot Wheels Velocity X||Rupert, Backroads, Opponent|||
|Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe||Plucky Duck||Cancelled Game|
|2003||Looney Tunes: Back in Action||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mr. ACME Chairman, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||Dr. Connors, Thug|||
|The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee||Additional voices|
|2005||Fantastic Four||Credited as Joe Alasky|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!||Mermaid Man|||
|2006||Gothic 3||Additional voices||English Dub|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab||Mermaid Man|
|The Sopranos: Road to Respect||Additional Voices|
|Superman Returns||The Citizens of Metropolis|
|2007||Spider-Man: Friend or Foe||Doctor Octopus|||
|Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck||Daffy Duck|
|Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian|||
|2008||Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Barnyard Dawg, Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester|||
|White Knight Chronicles||Drisdall||English Dub|
|2012||Looney Tunes Click 'N READ Phonics||Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner|
|2014||Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham||Green Loontern|
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Jeff Bergman (1990–93; 2011–present)
| Voice of Daffy Duck
Maurice LaMarche (1991)
| Voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles
| Voice of Bugs Bunny
| Voice of Droopy Dog