Sad news, guys: The world lost a legendary voice actor this week. According to People, Lee Marshall — the voice behind Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger — has died at 64 after battling esophageal cancer.
Lee was the second actor to portray Tony and to help make his signature tagline, “They’re grrrrrreat!” famous across generations after he picked up the gig when original voice Thurl Ravenscroft died in 2005. Lee passed away at the end of April in a Santa Monica, California hospital, and was survived by his wife, Judie, as well as his son and stepdaughter.
His career originally began in radio when Lee was just 14 years old, and later, he became a DJ at a Phoenix, Arizona radio station before branching out into a talk show at Dodgers Stadium. He went on to announce at wrestling matches, interview wrestling stars, and voice many cartoon characters.
“If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call,” Tommy Lasorda, a former LA Dodgers manager, has said in the past.
We wish Lee’s family peace as they deal with the loss of their loved one. Our favorite breakfast cereal would never have been the same without him!