Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Date Of Birth: Feb 2, 1933
Birth Place: London, England, UK
Date Of Death: Aug 13, 2006
Cause Of Death: Complications from cancer surgery

Popularity: 166th All Time, 309th This Week

Trivia & Fun Facts:

Born British but was an American citizen until his death.

Accomplished actor & poet on Broadway who often secured villainous roles due to his baritone voice.

Recorded all of his voice work for ReBoot in Los Angeles, so none of the other actors got to meet him at the studio.

Has Voiced In These Popular Titles


Credits On BTVA: 74 Roles from 55 Titles  [ Only show characters with sound clips ]

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said at 12:56 PM on Tue Feb 2 2016
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Happy Birthday and R.I.P. Megabyte, Baron Mordo, Judge Frollo, Monsieur D'Arque, Lickboot the Lawyer, Dr. Lipschitz, The Chief from Super Secret Secret Squirrel, Virgil, Chairface Chippendale, Wraith, Machestro, Lord Dregg, Golden Skull from Skeleton Warriors, and Narrator on Treasure Planet and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:03 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
Happy birthday and R.I.P. Tony Jay, today is what would've been his 83rd birthday.
SAO maister
said at 4:15 AM on Fri Oct 23 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
he was and always will be one of the greats.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 5:01 PM on Fri Oct 23 2015
@SAO maister Agreed!
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:32 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
I made a video reading a couple of IMDb posts by Tony Jay back in 2005 thanking his fans for their appreciation for his work back! Tell me what you guys think:
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 3:36 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Jacob M. Keene
Jacob I know your excited about your channel but please don't advertise your videos on actor profiles.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:44 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Music Meister Okay.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:52 PM on Thu Jul 9 2015
@Music Meister I don't mean to spam anything on this site, and at the very least it's *about* Tony Jay, but okay I won't do this again on profiles.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 10:08 AM on Sat Jun 6 2015
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Here's an interesting fact about Tony Jay I wanted to share: He was the first actor that George Lucas approached to play Obi-Wan Kenobi, but George wanted a big-name actor, so Alec Guinness ended up playing Obi-Wan. The fact that they went with a well known actor (Alec Guinness) and not another then-lesser known actor (Tony Jay) doesn't even make sense, if they wanted to focus their money on making their special effects as good as possible, then they should've gone with Tony Jay, I mean Tony was lesser known at the time and by hiring lesser known actors in movies and it turns out that the movie becomes a huge success then that's *how* they become more well known. Were there complications with hiring an actor living in England for an movie being made in America? Did his distinctive bass voice sound too evil for being the one to train Luke the ways of the Jedi? Did they only want David Prowse to be the tall guy in the lightsaber duel with Darth Vader and Obi-Wan? I believe this is George Lucas's biggest mistake when making the original trilogy, if Tony Jay ended up playing Obi-Wan then he would be much more well known than he has been for all these years. Ah well, it's just a minor issue I have, and I still like the original trilogy regardless.
SAO maister
said at 4:15 AM on Fri Oct 23 2015
@Jacob M. Keene interesting
said at 1:27 PM on Mon Feb 2 2015
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Happy Birthday and RIP Tony Jay.

90's childhoods wouldn't have been the same without your epic baritone voice.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 3:19 PM on Mon Feb 2 2015
@Autovolt People often confuse baritone with bass, his voice was bass.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:03 AM on Mon Feb 2 2015
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If Tony Jay were still alive today, then today would be his 82nd birthday! R.I.P. Tony Jay, you were always my biggest influence in acting/voice acting.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:03 PM on Sun Dec 21 2014
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Not only have people on YouTube been praising the heck out of my Tony Jay impression, but several voice actors I've met also liked my impression as well! Which ones specifically? (I'll list some of their famous roles for the few users reading this comment who may not be familiar with their name[s]):

Vincent Tong (Doughnut Joe/Prince Blueblood/Garble/Flash Sentry/Duke of Maretonia from MLP: FiM)

Andrea Libman (Pinkie Pie/Fluttershy also from MLP: FiM, young AndrAIa from ReBoot)

Barry Gordon (Donatello from the classic TMNT)

Townsend Coleman (Michelangelo from the classic TMNT, The Tick from The Tick)

Cam Clarke (Leonardo from the classic TMNT)

And Rob Paulsen (Raphael from the classic TMNT, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky & The Brain [well technically he first appeared in Animaniacs, but still], Carl Wheezer from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron)!
said at 12:54 AM on Thu Oct 16 2014
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This man did voice 2 Disney Villains, but he could've done Scar, who has the same accent as Shere Khan and Frollo (pretty similar I might add).
Jacob M. Keene
said at 2:56 PM on Thu Oct 16 2014
@CuriousUserX90 It definitely would've been cool to hear James Earl Jones and Tony Jay in the same place and in the same movie (too bad it never happened [the closest they got to being in the same thing was in the show "The Greatest Adventure: Stories From the Bible:])!
said at 3:22 PM on Mon Oct 27 2014
@CuriousUserX90 I loved Jeremy Irons as Scar, but that would've been pretty cool to see as well.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 12:29 PM on Sat Nov 8 2014
@Metabad Indeed!
said at 9:56 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
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Oh wow I have the same birthday has him. I have no idea why it took me so long to find out.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:05 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Zillah Interesting to note.
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:33 PM on Tue May 20 2014
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He really had a distinctive and awesome bass voice that not very many people to do an impression of, but I can, and I've been getting a lot of praise on my YouTube channel for it too!
Jacob M. Keene
said at 7:26 PM on Sat Jun 28 2014
@Jacob M. Keene insert "are able" between "not very many people" and "to do," how did not notice that mistake until now?
Jacob M. Keene
said at 6:38 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Jacob M. Keene And I made another spelling mistake in my reply! I meant to say "how I did not notice that mistake until now?".
Jacob M. Keene
said at 11:07 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
@Jacob M. Keene I meant "grammar mistake" and "how did I not notice...". Ugh, if only we could edit and delete our own comments like YouTube.
said at 10:21 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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Happy birthday, Tony Jay. After playing through Soul Reaver, I'm convinced that he had the most "epic" voice known to mankind. It was so deep and commanding, and when he spoke there was this larger than life presence that sounded like it held all knowledge.

I wish like heck he was still with us, I can't imagine a more awesome narrator (Morgan Freeman should just go home) or who could make a better Elder God or Frollo or... there will likely never be an actor exactly like Tony Jay again. He was a blessed anomaly in our universe whose legacy I will continue to treasure for years to come. I'm at least thankful that he lived to seventy-three, but I still miss his voice. There's nothing else like it.

said at 10:46 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy *sniffles*

That was beautiful, man. :')
Polyester Funk
said at 12:45 AM on Wed Feb 5 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Very well said. I think Keith David is a great narrator.
Polyester Funk
said at 1:47 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
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He had such a magnificent voice. It's a shame that he's no longer with us. I would have loved to hear him play Unicron.
said at 3:09 PM on Tue Nov 19 2013
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He was one of the best and shall not be forgotten. RIP Tony, let your voice go on.
said at 3:45 PM on Sun Aug 18 2013
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There's one thing that hasn't been said here... his singing was awesome. I wish I could have heard more of it.
said at 2:30 PM on Mon Jan 14 2013
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One of the best Voice Actors ever! He will be missed, but not forgotten.
said at 9:50 PM on Tue Jul 24 2012
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.................. Oh.... GOD do I miss this man!
said at 6:15 AM on Sun Feb 12 2012
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MAN I LOVE HIS COUNT FROLLO!!! I heard him so much in the 90s its a shame he had to leave us, R.I.P Mr. Jay
said at 8:49 PM on Tue Oct 25 2011
I've missed him before, but watching my brother play King's Quest VI Heir Today Gone Tomorrow made me REALLY miss Tony Jay and realize just what an awesome voice actor we lost with his great baritone voice, he played a whole four characters in that game and fit each and every one of them.

R.I.P Tony Jay, you were (and still are) the best.
Madness Abe
said at 10:25 AM on Sat Sep 24 2011
An amazing actor, Tony, you will be remembered as an incredible villain in fiction, but as a good man in life.
said at 1:19 AM on Mon Jul 4 2011
Tony Jay's Shere Khan voice is what made me like him he delivered a much more sophisticated suave sounding voice
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:01 PM on Mon Jul 26 2010
 2 Shout Outs!
He was an amazing actor. His death was tragic and still is.
said at 5:51 PM on Sun Jun 3 2012
@NCZ I wish that the late Tony Jay should continue living longer and to record some additional lines for the cow with the ring through his nostrils outside of the title song of Thumbelina!
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Tony Jay role? *
57.4% (31 votes)
Shere Khan
11.1% (6 votes)
9.3% (5 votes)
5.6% (3 votes)
Lickboot the Lawyer
5.6% (3 votes)
3.7% (2 votes)
Chairface Chippendale
1.9% (1 vote)
The Chief
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
Elder God
1.9% (1 vote)
54 Total Votes
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