RIP: Joe Alaskey, 1952-2016


Emmy Award-winning voice actor and Troy native Joe Alaskey died on Wednesday (February 3) in Green Island. He was 63.

Originally an impressionist, whose impersonation of Jackie Gleason was hailed by Gleason himself, Alaskey found his true career as a voice actor, taking over the roles as the voice of such Looney Toon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester the Cat following the 1989 death of the great Mel Blanc, who originated the voices.

Over the years, Alaskey also provided voices for numerous films (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” “Forest Gump,” “Casper”) and television shows (“Rugrats,” “Back to the Future,” “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law”) in addition to dozens of video games.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Parker Bros. Memorial in Watervliet from 4-7pm today (Monday, February 8). The funeral service will follow the wake at 7pm at the funeral home.

Joe Alaskey’s obituary

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