Tony Jay was one of the most recognizable voices I’ve ever heard. He’s voiced characters such as Judge Claude Frollo on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Megabyte on “Reboot,” and Monsieur D’Arque on “Beauty and the Beast.”
Jay’s voice was one that was very deep and notable. It’s as if when one hears it, a chill gradually races up one’s spine. This came in handy with his career, especially in movies, television, and video games. One video game he voiced was one called “Legacy of Kain,” where he played the Elder God.
He’s also done some live action work in his lifetime. He’s worked on “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Love and Death,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Night Court.” Jay’s performances are those that were gained with his continuing knowledge of the stage, as he was a masterful performer.
Of the many performances of Tony Jay, a few of my favorites were a tad obscure; for example, his voice as Lickboot on “Tom and Jerry: The Movie,” and a villain named Peking Duck on “The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.” To me, his voice seems to make these programs more memorable.
Tony Jay will always be remembered for the dedication and perseverance into his roles. His passing was indeed tragic, but he left behind a long legacy of memorable wonder.
Tony Jay: February 2, 1933- August 13, 2006
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