Alaskey, Joe

Joe Alaskey
Sketch of Joe Alaskey by L. Mangue
AP Photo - Lewiston Journal 1989

Joseph Francis Alaskey III was born on April 17, 1952 in Troy (Watervliet), New York to Joseph Francis Alaskey, Jr. (WW II Veteran, train conductor) and Gladys Baker Alaskey.  He had two sisters, Donna and JoAnne.
Alaskey started putting on comedy shows (charging a nickle a head) at the age of 10. By the time he reached high school (Lasalle Institute in Troy, NY - graduating in 1969) he was quite aware of the positive aspect of the skills he was gifted.  He spent a year at Siena College in Albany, NY before opting to head to New York City to pursue stand-up comedy in clubs, all the while working in stage productions such as "Waiting for Godot," "Tartuffe," and "Jesus Christ Superstar."
As a stand-up impressionist/comedian he was a perfect match for a Boston morning radio show, Bill Scott (and June Foray) were guests on one of the shows, and it was immediately evident to Scott that Alaskey had a gift which needed to be pushed in the right direction.  Scott convinced Joe to come to Hollywood where his talent could be put to work.
Alaskey had an incredible ear for voices and how to re-create them, he took over many of the voices that Mel Blanc was doing for Warner Brothers Cartoons.  He was one of the most employed voice actors going and one of the few employed voice actors by Warner Bros. to do all the famous characters.
The scope of Alaskey's mastery is nearly undetectable in The Honeymooners' Lost Episodes, where some portions of Ralph Kramden's voice were lost due to technical problems...Joe Alaskey was the one to re-create Gleason's voice for the character.

Alaskey died in Los Angeles, CA on February 3, 2016 after a battle with cancer.



Film
Dark Seduction~2015 - Fatman
30 Years of Dark Seduction~2015 - Himself
Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest~2015 (V) - voice of Droopy
Acme~2015 - Daffy Duck (rumor)
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure~2013 (V) - voice of King Droopy
The One and Only June Foray~2013 (doc) - Himself
Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse~2012 (V) - voices of Friar Tuck and Droopy
Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz~2011 - voices of The Wizard of Oz/Butch/Droopy
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto_2009 - voice of Erick the newscaster/Van Sloan/Bugs Bunny
Justice League: The New Frontier~2008 - voice of Bugs Bunny
Elf Bowling the Movie: The Great North Pole Elf Strike~2007 - voice of Santa Claus
Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas~2006 - voices of Daffy Duck/Sylvester the Cat/Marvin the Martian/Pepe Le Pew/Foghorn Leghorn
The Legend of Sasquatch~2006 (Indie film) - voice of Dave
Daffy Duck for President~2004 - voice of Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny
Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas~2004 - voice talent
Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction~2003 - voices of Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Sylvester the Cat/Syvester Jr./Tweety Bird/Marvin the Martian
Looney Tunes: Reality Check~2003 - voices of Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Sylvester the Cat/Tweety Bird/Wile E. Coyote/Cecil Turtle/Beaky Buzzard
Looney Tunes: Back in Action~2003 -  Daffy Duck/Tweety Pie/Sylvester/Marvin the Martian/Bugs Bunny/Beaky Buzzard/Mama Bear
Behind the Tunes: Blanc Expressions~2003 (V doc short) - Himself
Behind the Tunes: Forever Befuddled~2003 (V doc short) - Himself
Behind the Tunes: Hard Luck Duck~2003 (V doc short) - Himself
Rugrats Go Wild~2003 - voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles
Balto II: Wolf Quest~2001 (V) - Hunter/Nuk (see Actor Connections - Film)
Timber Wolf~2001 (V) - voice of Thomas Timber Wolf
Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase~2001 (V) - Officer Wembley
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II~2000 - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Tweety's High Flying Adventure~2000 (V) - Sylvester the Cat/Tweety Bird/Colonel Rimfire/Henery Hawk/Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Pepe Le Pew/Marvin the Martian
Rugrats Movie, The~1998- Grandpa Lou Pickles
Blade~1998 - Pearl
Bugs Bunny's Funky Monkeys~1997 (V) 
Father of the Bird~1997 - Sylvester
Rugrats Vacation, A~1997 (V) - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension~1996  - Daffy Duck/K-9/Marvin the Martian
Carrotblanca~1995 - Sylvester/Daffy Duck
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper~1995 - voice of Stinkie
Forrest Gump~1994 - voice of President Richard Nixon
Waiter, The~1993 - Producer
Bank Robber~1993 - Night Clerk 2
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation~1992 (V)  - Plucky Duck/Tupelo Toad/Elmer Fudd
The Plucky Duck Show~1992 - (archive footage) voices of Plucky Duck/Announcer/Ed Norton in The Return of Batduck
Bonkers!~1990's - Flaps the Elephant and The Mole
Spaced Invaders (Martians!)~1990 - Dr. Ziplock
Little Mermaid~1989 - voice of Lobster Mobster
Lucky Stiff~1988 - Ron Douglas
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?~1988 - Yosemite Sam/Foghorn Leghorn
Paramount Comedy Theatre, Vol. 2: Decent Exposures~1987 (V) - Himself (stand up)
Comedy Tonight~1985-1986 - Himself (stand up)

Film ADR
Glengarry Glen Ross~1992 - voice double for Jack Lemmon (this was profanity laundering work for an airline release of the movie)

TV
Murder Comes to Town~2014 (doc series) - Narrator
Garfield~2014 - ?
Honeymooners: The Lost Episodes, The~1991 (V) - voice of Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason personally picked Joe Alaskey from a series of recordings) (see Actor Connections - TV)
All Grown Up!~2003-2008 - voice of Grandpa Lou Pickles (and other characters) (15 episodes)
Codename: Kids Next Door~2006 - voice of Principal Smelling in Operation R.E.C.E.S.S./Operation H.A.M.S.T.E.R.
Avatar: the Last Airbender~2006 - voices of Dealer/Broadswordsman and other characters
Loonatics Unleashed~2006 - voices of Melvin the Martian/Sylth Vester/The Royal Tweetums/Stoney the Stone in:
     In Search of Tweetums
     The Fall of Blanc
     In the Pinkster
     It Came from Outer Space
     The Heir Up There
100 Greatest Cartoons~2005 (TV special doc) - Himself
Duck Dodgers~2003-05 - voices of Duck Dodgers/Martian Commander X-2/Andromeda Annihilator/Drake Darkstar/Tomar-Re-Dr. Woe/Beaky Buzzard/Muttley/Hubie/Bertie/Rocky (39 eps)
My Life as a Teenage Robot~2003 - voice of Ivan in See No Evil? The Great Unwashed
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law~2003 - Peter Potamus/FEAR- Number One/Employee:
     X, the Exterminator
     Deadomutt: Part 1
Teamo Supremo~2002 - voice of The Chief
Samurai Jack~2001 - voice of General in Jack and the Three Blind Archers
Rugrats: All Growed Up, The (2001)  - voice of Louis 'Grandpa' Pickles (48 eps)
Time Squad~2001 - voice of Wilbur Wright in If It's Wright, It's Wrong, Robin Hood/Samuel F. B. Morse
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command~2000 - voice of Soda Vendbot, Newspaper Vendbot in The Slayer
Johnny Bravo~1997 - voices of Jean Paul/Piney/Platypus 
Hey Arnold!~1996 -  German Major/Soldier in Veterans Day 
Drew Carey Show, The~1995 - Daffy Duck in My Best Friend's Wedding 
Rugrats~1991 - voices include: Grandpa Louis Kalhern Pickles/WWII Soldier/Ice Cream Cone Man/Protester/Waiters/Auctioneer/Workman/Tall Wrestler/Guard 1/Announcer 13/Loudspeaker/Workman/Willard Scott/Soundman/Randy Panda/Senior Citizen/Parrot/Judge #3/The Real Santa/Nearby Guest
Extreme Ghostbusters~1997 in episode: Slimer's Sacrifice
Duckman~1994 -  in Sperms of Endearment
Bugs n' Daffy Show, The~1996  - Daffy Duck (main theme)
Casper~1996  - Stinkie/Gorey Narrator
Project G.e.e.K.e.R.~1996  - Additional Voices
Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, The~1995 - voices of Sylvester/Tweety/Daffy Duck/Marvin the Martian
Life with Louie~1995   - Additional Voices
Timon & Pumbaa~1995 - voice of Little Jimmy
Tiny Toons Night Ghoulery~1995 - voice of Plucky Duck (one of the segments featured Plucky as Daniel Webfoot a parody on Daniel Webster from the play The Devil and Daniel Webster - Alaskey was in this play during his college years)
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long~1995 - Kingfish on Radio
The Baby Huey Show~1994 - voice of Baby Huey
Tiny Toons Spring Break Special~1994  - voices of Plucky Duck/Wade Pig
67th Academy Awards~1994 - voice of Daffy Duck as a presenter
Duckman~1994 -  in American Dick 
Duckman~1994 -  in  I, Duckman 
Bonkers~1993   - Flaps the Elephant
Nurses~1991  - Trekker #1 in At Something 
It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special~1992   - Plucky Duck
Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes~1991  - Daffy Duck/Marvin the Martian
Where's Waldo?~1991  - Additional Voices
Opus and Bill: Wish for Wings That Work, A~1991  - voices of Truffles/The Three SnowDucks
Back to the Future~1991 - Sheriff
Tiny Toon Adventures~1990+  - Plucky Duck (1990/1992) / Happy the Cow in Slaughterhouse Jive / Oogie the Closet Monster in Nothing To Sneeze At / Pete Puma in When You're Hot You're Hot / Pluckey's Father in The Potty Years and Minister Golf / Porky Pig in The Horn Blows At Lunchtime / Steven Spielberg in Hollywood Plucky / Wade Pig in Wait 'til Your Father Gets Home / Wile E. Coyote in Piece of Mind / Yosemite Sam in The Horn Blows At Lunchtime and Compromising Principals/also: Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester the Cat
Tom and Jerry Kids Show~1990  -Additional Voices
Match Game 90~1990 - as himself in 5 episodes (#492)
Out of This World~1987-1990 - Uncle Beano Froelich
Couch Potatoes~1989 - (game show) next-door neighbor/announcer
Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures~1988  -
     Sourpuss/Jackie Gleason voice in Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy
     Cary Grant voice in The Bride of Mighty Mouse
D.C. Follies~1987  (voice) - Additional Voices
Late Night with David Letterman~1986  - himself in stand-up debut

The New Hollywood Squares~1987 - himself/guest square
Head of the Class~1986 - Jack in Ode to Simone
D.C. Follies~1987 -  voices of Geraldo/Ford/Carter
Night Court~1984 - Thomas Dobbs in Author, Author
Galtar and the Golden Lance~1985  - Additional Voices
Richie Rich~1981 - voices of Baby Huey/Vincent Virus
Suzanne Somers Special~19?? - as Ralph Kramden in Honeymooners Sketch

Theatre 
Mrs. Warren's Profession~1978 - (NY)
The Autumn Garden~1976 - (Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT)
Jesus Christ Superstar~1977 - Harrison ( )
The Last Christians~1976 - (Open Space Theatre, NY, NY)
Catch-22~1973 - (Playhouse Theatre, Unionville, NY)
The Three Cuckholds~1973 - Zanni (SUNY Arts Center, Albany, NY)
The Caucasian Chalk Circle~1972 - Azdak (Little Theater, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY) 
Adreinne LeCouvreur~1972 - (Little Theater, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY)
The Assassination & Persecution of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the  Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis DeSade~1971 - Marquis de Sade (SUNY, Albany, NY)
Fortune and Men’s Eyes~1971 - (Siena College Lilile Theater, Loudonville, NY)
Krapp's Last Tape~ - (Russell Sage College, Troy, NY) 
Waiting for Godot~ - Pozzo (Russell Sage College, Troy, NY)
The Devil and Daniel Webster~ - Mr. Scratch (SUNY, Albany, NY) (Alaskey played Plucky the Duck in an episode of Night Ghoulery from Tiny Toon Adventures 1995 where Plucky played Daniel Webfoot in Daniel Webfoot and the Devil, a parody of this play)
Billy Budd~ - Captain (SUNY, Albany, NY)
Adaptation~ - The Male Player (SUNY, Albany, NY)
The Trial~ - The Inspector (SUNY, Albany, NY)
Tartuffe~ - Tartuffe
Waiting for Godot~ - Pozzo 
The Playboy of the Western World~ - Michael James Flaherty  
A Streetcar Named Desire~ -
Murder in the Cathedral~ - 
On the High Road~ - 
Ile~ - 

Theatre Director
The Marriage Proposal~1970 (Student Theatre Festival at New Paltz)

Radio/Podcasts
The Voice Actor Show~2014 - Guest (radio - NY)
WVBF (Boston)~1986-7 - comedian/impressionist on morning show
WROR (105.7FM)~1986 - "Man of a 1000 voices" on Loren and Wally

Writer
Wild West Medicine Show Review~  for the Six Flags Theme Park in Dallas, TX

Recordings (albums, etc.)
Looney Tunes Kwazy Christmas: Twas the Night Before Christmas~2000
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas~1994 - Sylvester

Video Games (voices)
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham~2014 - Green Loontern
Looney Tunes Click N READ Phonics~2011 - various characters
White Knight Chronicles~2010 - Drisdall
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition~2008 - Drisdall
Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal~2007 - Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Marvin the Martian/Sylvester the Cat
Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck~2007 - Daffy Duck
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe~2007 - Doctor Octopus/Dr. Otto Octavius
Superman Returns~2006 - Citizens of Metropolis
The Sopranos: Road to Respect~2006 - various characters
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab~2006 - Mermaid Man
Gothic 3~2006 - various characters
Fantastic Four~2005 - various characters
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!~2005 - Mermaid Man
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee~2004 - various characters
Spider-Man 2~2004 - Dr. Curt Connors/Thug
Storybook Weaver Deluxe~2004 - McKluck and the Sneetches
Looney Tunes: Back in Action~2003 - Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/ACME Chairman/Marvin the Martian/Sylvester the Cat
Rugrats: Royal Ransom~2002 - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Hot Wheels: Velocity X~2002 - Rupert/Backroads/Opponent #2
Taz: Wanted~2002 - Daffy Duck/Tweety Bird
Loons: The Fight for Fame~2002 - Daffy Duck/Sylvester the Cat
Sheep Raider (Sheep, Dog 'n' Wolf)~2001 - Daffy Duck/Gossamer/Marvin the Martian/Phantoms
Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters~2000 - Count Bloodcount/Daffy Duck/Tweety Bird/Gruesome Gorilla/Gas-House Gorilla/Ali Babba Genie
Looney Tunes: Space Race~2000 - Daffy Duck/Marvin the Martian/Sylvester the Cat
Looney Tunes Racing~2000 - Daffy Duck/Sylvester the Cat/Gossamer/Rocky/Marvin the Martian/Tweety Bird/Smokey the Genie/Evil Scientist
Escape from Monkey Island~2000 - Digg the Lucre Lawyer/Judge Edd
Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption~2000 - various characters
Vampire: The Masquerade~2000 - various characters
Rugrats: Studio Tour~1999 - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Tiny Toon Adventures: Toonenstein - Dare to Scare~1999 - Plucky Duck
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999  (voice) - Important Merchant/Interpreter/Watto's Flunky
Bugs Bunny: Lost In Time~1999  - Marvin the Martian/Daffy Duck/Rocky/Mugsy
Rugrats Adventure Game~1999 - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Tiny Toon Adventures: The Great Beanstalk~1998 - Plucky Duck
Rugrats: Search for Reptar~1998 - Grandpa Lou Pickles
Junkyard Run, The~1998  (uncredited) - Daffy Duck/Tortoise/Sylvester/Tweety
X-Fools, The~1998 - various characters
Dilbert's Desktop Games~1997 - Phil the Prince of Insufficient Light/Accounting Troll
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and the Beanstalk~1996 - Plucky Duck
Tiny Toon Adventures: Defenders of the Universe~ - Plucky Duck
Storybook Weaver~1994 - McKluck and The Sneetches

Commercials
Got Milk? 
Voices of:
Barney Rubble
Boris Badanov
Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
George of the Jungle
Larry Fine
Plucky Duck
Ralph Kramden
Stinkie
Sylvester
Tweety

Books
Queasy Street: Volume One: Eleven Tales of Fantasy (Volume 2)~2016
Frater Dementis: A Novella By Joe Alaskey~2016
That's Still Not All Folks~2009


Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Annie Awards:
Nom 2004 - Outstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Behind the Voice Actors Awards:
Nom 2012 Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short for Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz (shared - included are SWAD actors: Grey Griffin/Kath Soucie/Michael Gough/Rob Paulsen)
Emmy Awards (daytime):
Rec'd 2004 Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - for voicing Duck Dodgers


Social Media
Twitter
2010 - Did the voice of Bugs Bunny for TomTom GPS devices

1995 - Sang "Can't Buy Me Love" (The Beatles) in Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck/

1989 - Two 1-man shows written: Q & A and An Evening with Joe Alaskey

1985+ - Moved to Los Angeles from Boston

1980s - Stand Up Comedian (out of Boston) - Here's a sample:


Discovered by Bill Scott (voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose) in Albany, NY - Excerpt from The Lewiston Journal May 30, 1989: "Bill Scott was on tour for the 25th anniversary of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle...'" "He came to Boston and we did some sketches on the radio show, Bill's the voice of Bullwinkle.  I did Boris Badenov and William Conrad, the announcer, Bill said I did the best version of the voices he had heard.  He said if I came to Los Angeles he'd help me find work. He was true to his word. He now only found me work but even moved me into my apartment. Then before I knew it I was on David Letterman's show. That got me all kinds of offers from agents. Then I was an actor again."


Joe's favorite collectibles are any or Carl Bark's Disney work and Silver Age DC and Marvel Books. A more current pick was Madman.



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