Tony Jay (February 2, 1933 – August 13, 2006) was a British actor, voice actor, and singer. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was known for his voice work in animation, film, and video games. Jay was particularly well known for his distinctive baritone voice, which often led to him being cast in villainous roles. He was best known as the voice of Judge Claude Frollo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Megabyte in ReBoot (1994-2001) and the Elder God (plus various other roles) in the Legacy of Kain series of video games.
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Tony Jay (February 2 1933 – August 13 2006) was an English actor, voice actor and singer. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was known for his voice work in animation, film and video games. Jay was particularly well-known for his distinctive baritone voice; which often had him cast as villainous characters. (And on several occasions as authority figures.) He was best known as the voice of Claude Frollo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Megabyte from ReBoot, and the Elder God (and the original Mortanius) from the Legacy of Kain series.
Tony Jay appeared on-screen in several films and on television, including Love and Death, Twins, Night Court, The Golden Girls and Eerie, Indiana. He also developed a career in the theatre, in plays such as The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Great Expectations, and The Merchant of Venice. Jay's other non-animation roles included Paracelsus on the 1987 CBS series Beauty and the Beast; Minister Campio on Star Trek: The Next Generation; and Lex Luthor's villainous aide-de-camp Nigel St. John in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
He was also well known for his role as the voice of the virus Megabyte in the animated series ReBoot, and for his voice-work as Judge Claude Frollo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and in the Walt Disney World version of the nighttime light and fireworks show Fantasmic!. He also voiced Monsieur D'Arque, the amoral asylum superintendent, in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Jay also in 1995-96 had a animation voice as he voiced a vile alien warlord named Lord Dregg, the new main villain of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series in the show's last two seasons.
He is also well-known among Legacy of Kain fans for his voicing of the original Mortanius and of the Elder God, alongside several other minor characters. He was also the successor of George Sanders in the role of Shere Khan from Disney's The Jungle Book. Jay voiced the character in TaleSpin and reprised his role of the character for fifteen years after it ended until his death. The Jungle Book 2 was his final reprisal of the role.
Jay was a devotee of classic Broadway, and made several recordings and performances of old-time Broadway lyrics, in spoken-word form. A CD of these readings, Speaking of Broadway, was released in 2005; a version recorded years earlier of the same collection was titled Poets on Broadway, as is his website. It features Jay reciting lyrics written by the likes of Noël Coward, Ira Gershwin and Oscar Hammerstein and was composed entirely by him, according to the CD liner notes.
Jay was born in London in 1933. He attended Pinner County Grammar School. He moved to South Africa in 1955 and was involved with many radio productions on the SABC Commercial Radio Service, Springbok Radio, until 1980. He later moved to the United States, and became a naturalized citizen. He was Jewish.
In April 2006, he underwent surgery in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles to remove a non-cancerous tumour from his lungs. He never recovered fully from the operation and was in critical condition throughout the following months, until his death at the hospital on 13 August 2006, at the age of 73.
London, England UK
Claim to Fame
Hunchback of Notre Dame
Brown - Dark
Salt and Pepper
1966 – 2006
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
Complications following endoscopic surgery
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Tony Jay (February 2, 1933 – August 13, 2006) was a British-American actor, voice actor and singer. As a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was perhaps best known and remembered for his most prominent voice work in animation, film and in various video games. Jay was also particularly well-known for his distinctive baritone voice, which often led to him being cast in many villainous voice roles. He was also perhaps best known as the voice of Judge Claude Frollo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Megabyte from ReBoot and the Elder God (and the original Mortanius) from Legacy of Kain as well as most notably the voice of Chairhead Chippendale from The Tick (1994 Animated Series).
First Name Tony
Last Name Jay
Age: 73 (age at death)
Date of Birth: February 2, 1933
Date of Death: August 13, 2006
Place of Birth: London, England, UK
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death: Complications following endoscopic surgery
Height: 6' 4" (193 cm)
Eye Color: Brown - Dark
Hair Color: Salt and Pepper
Distinctive Features: Baritone voice
Star Sign: Aquarius
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Occupation: Voice-over work
Occupation Category: Voice Actor
Claim to Fame: Hunchback of Notre Dame
Years Active: 1966 – 2006
Other Family Members: Adam Jay (son)
Me, Eloise (2006) (TV Show)
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004) (TV Show)
Spiderus, Cloud King
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)
Rugrats Go Wild (2003)
The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids (2003) (TV Movie)
Teen Titans (2003) (TV Show)
Civil War Combat: Culp's Hill at Gettysburg (TV Movie)
Civil War Combat: The Battle of Chickamauga (TV Movie)
Treasure Planet (2002)
Race to Space (2001)
Recess: School's Out (2001)
ReBoot: My Two Bobs (TV Movie)
House of Mouse (2001) (TV Show)
Magic Mirror, Shere Khan, Ostrich
Lloyd in Space (2001) (TV Show)
Dr. Werner Von Brain
The Legend of Tarzan (2001) (TV Show)
The Gene Pool (TV Movie)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000) (TV Show)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
To Serve and Protect (1999) (TV Movie)
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) (TV Show)
Mickey Mouse Works (1999) (TV Show)
Providence (1999) (TV Show)
Xyber 9: New Dawn (1999) (TV Show)
Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest Battles (TV Show)
Civil War Combat: The Wheatfield at Gettysburg (TV Movie)
The Rugrats Movie (1998)
Invasion America (1998) (TV Show)
Extreme Ghostbusters (1997) (TV Show)
Johnny Bravo (1997) (TV Show)
King Brad, Announcer
Journey Into Chaos (Short Film)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) (TV Movie)
Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996) (TV Show)
Bruno the Kid (1996) (TV Show)
Mighty Ducks (1996) (TV Show)
Superman (1996) (TV Show)
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