Sunday, August 20, 2006

 

Tony Jay (1933-2006)


The name might not ring a bell and even his photo might not stir much in the way of recognition, but you certainly know Tony Jay's voice. The actor has died from complications of lung cancer. You might recognize him from recurring roles on TV's Beauty and the Beast or Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, but for me I'll always remember his three episodes of Twin Peaks as Dougie Milford, the estranged brother of the decrepit Mayor Milford who died in his honeymoon bed at the Great Northern with his young bride Lana (Robyn Lively). Not being a video game player, I'm not familiar with his plentiful work there, but I certainly recall his distinctive baritone voice, often used as a narrator, and most notably as Judge Frollo in Disney's animated The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

By Valerie J. Nelson
Times Staff Writer
August 20, 2006
Tony Jay, a voice actor who was best remembered for playing the elegantly malevolent Judge Frollo in the animated Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame and whose deep baritone frequently heightened the drama in video games, has died. He was 73.
Jay, who was heard in many commercials and cartoons, died Aug. 13 at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles from complications after surgery in April to remove cancer from his lungs, said his wife, Marta MacGeraghty Jay.
The role of Quasimodo's guardian was "a gift," Jay said when the 1996 movie was released. "It's my bid for immortality."
The Times review by Kenneth Turan said the veteran British actor had "perfectly voiced" the part of the evil Frollo who lusted after Esmeralda, a part spoken by Demi Moore.


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