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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. Additionally, he starred alongside Rob Paulsen on the 1993 animated series Mighty Max, voicing Max's bird sidekick, Virgil.

Jay was born in London. He attended Pinner County Grammar School, and completed his National Service with the Royal Air Force in 1953. He acted in several amateur theater productions but opted for the financial security of a real estate business. Jay moved to South Africa in about 1966, after hearing of the potential there for his line of work. However, Jay found himself acting in radio dramas like Sounds of Darkness and commercials. He later returned to Britain where he worked in various television shows and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Following a tour of the play The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, he moved the United States for more work.

His film credits outside of Disney include Love and Death, Twins, My Stepmother Is an Alien, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as well as TV shows like Night Court, Eerie, Indiana, Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Matlock, and Who's the Boss. His voice also includes films like Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Thumbelina, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, The Rugrats Movie, and An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island as well as programs which include ReBoot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), The Tick, Hey Arnold, Fantastic Four (1994), Johnny Bravo, and the video game series Legacy of Kain.

In April 2006, Jay underwent surgery in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) to remove a non-cancerous tumor from his lungs. Afterwards he became critically ill and died on August 13, 2006.

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Trivia

  • 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.

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