- “You are making your bid for immortality. You are in a movie by Disney.”
- ―Tony Jay
Tony Jay was an English actor, voice actor, and singer who was a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was also best known for his very low distinctive baritone voice.
For Disney, he voiced Monsieur D'Arque, the asylum owner in Beauty and the Beast, Shere Khan in TaleSpin and The Jungle Book 2, Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Magic Mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1992 to 2006, the Narrator in both Treasure Planet and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Dr. Rosenthal in Recess: School's Out, The Magical Wishing Starfish in The Little Mermaid TV series, Khartoum (a dark sorcerer and narrator) in the Aladdin TV series, a German Poacher in The Legend of Tarzan TV series, Wraith in the Mighty Ducks TV series, the Grim Reaper in Darkwing Duck, Anubis in Gargoyles, Dr. Animus in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Dr. Werner Von Brain in Lloyd in Space, and the Jungle Inspector in Timon & Pumbaa. He also played Laszlo in The Golden Girls and Dougie Milford in the ABC Drama series Twin Peaks. He also starred alongside Rob Paulsen on the 1993 animated series Mighty Max, voicing Max's bird sidekick Virgil.
- Despite being known for playing villains, such as Frollo, Shere Khan, and Monsieur D'Arque, he was known to friends and co-stars as a very kind and friendly man.
- Outside of his various roles for Disney, one of Tony Jay's most iconic roles is as the computer virus Megabyte, one of the main villains of the computer-animated television series ReBoot, which was cancelled after its second season on ABC due to the channel's purchase by Disney.