'Tony The Tiger' Iconic Voice Actor Lee Marshall Dies

Lee Marshall, the iconic voice of Tony the Tiger, the overly enthusiastic Frosties mascot, has died at age 64. According to The LA Times, Marshall passed away last month at a Santa Monica hospital. He had esophageal cancer, his son Jason Marshall VanBorssum said for The Times. His voice work might be most recognizable from that infamous “They’re grrrreat!” but his unique bass has been booming in wrestling arenas and radio newsrooms for decades, long before he got the Tony the Tiger gig in 1999.

But Lee hadn’t always been Tony and vice versa. The original Tony the Tiger was an actor named Thurl Ravenscroft, whose line "They're g-r-r-r-e-a-t" resonated across the airwaves from 1952 until months before his 2005 death at age 91. Marshall has said in a number of interviews that he started helping out when Ravenscroft was in his 80s and started struggling with some of the dialogue. 

In the meantime, Marshall was building a name for himself as a deejay and sports broadcaster, a ring announcer and voiceover artist. He worked in practically any field that had room for his deep and melodic voice. Playing the goofy, gregarious tiger was an unusual gig for Marshall, whose timbre tended to land him roles as cartoon villains. "I would just once like to be the guy who saves Scooby-Doo," he complained to his agent.

That would never happen, he was told: "You'll always be the guy who tries to kill Scooby-Doo."

Decades later, Marshall’s Tony might be not only the most infamous, but the friendliest cartoon mascot ever created.


Contactmusic

Tags:

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Horns - Trailer

Following the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Redcliffe) wakes up from with a...

Horns Trailer

'Foxcatcher' Leads Almost Went To Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy

Foxcatcher, the psychological drama from the supremely talented Bennett Miller, is without doubt one...

'Foxcatcher' Leads Almost Went To Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were with Lionel Richie

Ahead of the September 2014 release of Barbra Streisand's duet album 'Partners', Lionel Richie talks about the...

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were With Lionel Richie Video

'The November Man' Is Nothing More Than An August Dud

The November Man? Pfffft - Roger Donaldson's latest movie deserves to be nowhere near the penultimate...

'The November Man' Is Nothing More Than An August Dud

Kongos - Lunatic Album Review

Bursting out the stereo with the glitzy stomp of opening salvo 'I'm Only Joking' and 'Come With Me Now', Kongos at first appear to be...

Kongos - Lunatic Album Review

Ariana Grande - Break Free - Live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater LA

Ariana Grande performs the song, 'Break Free' live at the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theatre...

Ariana Grande - Break Free - Live On The Honda Stage At The Iheartradio Theater La Video

Jack White - I'm Down (Lyric Video)

The lyric video for Jack White's country music song, 'I'm Down' has received a lyric video. The song has been recorded as part of...

Jack White - I'm Down (Lyric Video) Video

Frasier's 'Niles Crane' Joins Cast of CBS Drama 'The Good Wife'

In his first television role since the conclusion of Frasier in 2004, David Hyde Pierce - who...

Frasier's 'Niles Crane' Joins Cast of CBS Drama 'The Good Wife'

Joan Rivers Stable But Critical, Stopped Breathing During Surgery

Joan Rivers, the 81-year-old comedienne, is in a stable but critical condition in hospital...

Joan Rivers Stable But Critical, Stopped Breathing During Surgery
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All