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RIP, Tony Jay

Tony_Jay (3k image) Sadly, Veteran Royal Shakespeare Actor and voice artist Tony Jay has passed away following complications during a long recovery from surgery to remove a benign tumor from his lungs. poetsonbroadway.com reports that on the morning of Sunday, August 13th, Jay unexpectedly lost the battle that he’d been bravely fighting since the surgery in April. Among his acting credits, it is likely his distinguished and unique voice that will be most remembered for bringing to life songs and characters like Shere Khan from Tale Spin and Virgil from Mighty Max. Most notably, in 1996 he put the hellfire in the voice of Judge Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, often praised by critics as among Disney’s greatest villains of all time. More information on his amazing career including his work on these classics, Bruno the Kid, Savage Dragon, Reboot, and many others can be found at his IMDb page. In his early 70s, Jay leaves behind his wife Martha and a son Adam who is following his father’s footsteps. Tony Jay “will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood, California.”

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