Actress Pat Carroll Dies at 95

In sad news, actress Pat Carroll has passed away at the age of 95. Ms. Carroll (1927-2022) appeared in multiple films and television series over the years, but she’ll be best remembered as the voice of the villainess, Ursula, in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and related properties.

Other animated projects wherein she lent her voice include The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (as Ursula’s sister, Morgana), Pound Puppies, A Garfield Christmas, and Garfield’s Thanksgiving.

She shall be missed!

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67

In incredibly sad news, beloved comedian, actor, and voice actor, Gilbert Gottfried has passed away. Mr. Gottfried (1955-2022) was a stand-up comedian with very raunchy material, but was well-known for his voicework in animated projects.

Some of these include Thumbelina, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animal Crackers, and Cyberchase. But his most famous voice role was that of the parrot, Iago, in Disney’s Aladdin franchise and other projects.

He shall be missed!

Actress Joan Copeland Dies at 99

The actress, Joan Copeland, has sadly passed away at the age of 99, a few months before her 100th birthday. Ms. Copeland (1922-2022) was the sister of the playwright, Arthur Miller, and made her film debut in 1958. In terms of animation, she was the voice of Tanana in Disney’s Brother Bear.

Our condolences go out to her family and friends. She shall be missed!

Voice Actor Val Bettin Dies at 97

(UPDATED 11/14/21: His death has since been confirmed and even his Wikipedia page has been edited.)

Apparently, the voice actor, Val Bettin, has sadly passed away at the age of 97. I say “apparently” because no news stories picked up his passing even though it happened on January 7, 2021. The only evidences that seem to confirm his passing are his Star Tiger page and his FindAGrave page.

Mr. Bettin (1923-2021) most famously provided the voice of Dr. Dawson in Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective as well as the voice of the Sultan in Disney’s Aladdin sequels and television series. He shall be missed!

Actor Ed Asner Dies at 91

The actor, Ed Asner, has sadly passed away today at the age of 91. Mr. Asner (1929-2021) appeared in multiple films and television series throughout the years including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, and Elf.

In terms of animation, he lent his voice to many productions including A Christmas Carol, Foodfight!, Batman: The Animated Series, and Spider-Man. But his most famous voice role was that of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up.

My condolences go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed!

Actor, Samuel E. Wright, Dies at 74

The actor, Samuel E. Wright, has sadly passed away at the age of 74. Mr. Wright (1946-2021) was most famous for his voice role as Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid franchise. He also voiced Kron in Disney’s Dinosaur.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed!

Actor, Christopher Plummer, Dies at 91

Veteran actor, Christopher Plummer, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 91 due to complications from a fall.

Mr. Plummer (1929-2021) had a filmography of over 200 films including Battle of Britain, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Man Who Would Be King, Murder by Decree, Ordeal by Innocence, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys, National Treasure, Beginners, The Man Who Invented Christmas, All the Money in the World, and Knives Out. But his most famous role was arguably that of Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1965 musical film, The Sound of Music.

He was also no stranger to animation lending his voice to multiple animated films including An American Tail, Rock-a-Doodle, Babes in Toyland, My Dog Tulip, 9, The Legend of Sarila, and The Star. But, his most famous voice role was arguably that of the villainous explorer, Charles Muntz, in Pixar’s Up.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed.

Actress and Comedienne, Cloris Leachman, Dies at 94

In sad news, veteran actress and comedienne, Cloris Leachman, has passed away at the age of 94. Ms. Leachman (1926-2021) was probably most famous for her television role as Phyllis Lindstrom in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Phyllis.

She also starred in multiple films including The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, The Muppet Movie, The North Avenue Irregulars, and History of the World, Part I.

She was no stranger to animation either providing voice roles for many animated films including My Little Pony: The Movie, Castle in the Sky, A Troll in Central Park, The Iron Giant, Ponyo, Foodfight!, The Croods, and The Croods: A New Age.

My condolences go out to her family and friends. She shall be missed!

Actor and Comedian, Jerry Stiller, Dies at 92

The actor and comedian, Jerry Stiller, has sadly passed away at the age of 92. Mr. Stiller (1927-2020) performed many roles including appearances on the sitcoms, Seinfeld and The King of Queens. He also was part of a comedy double act with his late wife, Anne Meara, and was the father of actor, Ben Stiller.

In terms of animation, Jerry Stiller provided the voices of Pretty Boy in Teacher’s Pet, Uncle Max in The Lion King 1 1/2,

General X in Foodfight!, and Harvey in Planes: Fire & Rescue.

He shall be missed!

Animator, Richard Williams, Dies at 86

The famous animator and director, Richard Williams, has sadly passed away at the age of 86. Among his most famous works were Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler.

I wrote a longer tribute to Mr. Williams (1933-2019) for the Rotoscopers website which you can read here.