Tags: lee marshall | tony the tiger | voice | dies

Lee Marshall: Tony the Tiger Voice Actor Dies at 64 of Esophageal Cancer

Thursday, 08 May 2014 02:46 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Lee Marshall, the voice of Frosted Flakes' iconic Tony the Tiger character, died at a Santa Monica, California, hospital on April 26 of esophageal cancer. He was 64.

Marshall started providing the voice for Tony the Tiger in 1999, assisting the original Tony the Tiger voice actor Thurl Ravencroft, who was in his 80s and started to have a difficult time with the dialogue, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Ravenscroft, whose "They're g-r-r-r-e-a-t" line resounded on television and other audio ads since 1952, died in 2005 at 91.

Marshall's deep basso profundo voice often landed him villain voiceover roles in cartoons.

"I would just once like to be the guy who saves Scooby-Doo," Marshall said to his agent one time, who responded, "You'll always be the guy who tries to kill Scooby-Doo," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Marshall was born Marshall Aaron Mayer in Los Angeles on Nov. 28, 1949, and by 14 he used his deep voice to lie about his age to get his first disc jockey gig at a radio station in Phoenix where his family had moved.

He worked at radio stations in Windsor, Ontario, and San Diego before moving back to Los Angeles to work at KHJ and KABC. He hosted a talk show at Dodger Stadium.

"If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call," former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda once said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jeremy Hobson, talk show host of WUIS-FM, said that Marshall's Tony the Tiger voice was inescapable, even when he was doing sports announcing.

"Even his sports reporting, like announcing a wrestling match, you can hear that roar of a voice," Hobson said.

Legendary movie trailer voiceover artist Hal Douglas died March 7 at age 89.

Douglas' "In a world ..." movie voiceovers often shaped fans' expectations in trailers before the movie hits the big screen.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Judge Denies Rick Perry Request to Toss Abuse-of-Power Case

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 20:30 PM

A judge denied Rick Perry's defense team's request to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds Tue . . .

Dementia, OTC Link: Study Examines Effects of Certain Common Drugs

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 20:25 PM

A recent study has found a link between dementia and some common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. . . .

'Ghostbusters' Female Cast Revealed, But Reactions Are Mixed

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 19:39 PM

The all-female cast for a new "Ghostbusters" film is taking shape, with Melissa McCarthy signing on and Kristen Wiig, Le . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved