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Voice actor Tony Jay dies at 73

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Tony Jay, a prolific voice actor who appeared in hundreds of commercials for radio and TV as well as cartoons and video games, has died at 73.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Jay died on Aug. 13 at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles.

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His wife, Marta MacGeraghty Jay, said the veteran actor died from complications after a surgery to remove cancer from his lungs.

Jay, who possessed a uniquely baritone voice, often played the villain in video games and cartoons, the Times said. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Judge Frollo in the 1996 Disney animated film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

During the last decade of his career, Jay found substantial work in video games, the report said.

"His voice was pretty tremendous and one of a kind," said Natanya Rose, who worked with Jay on video-game projects for International Creative Management. "Any time you needed that regal, deep, wise presence, he definitely was the person to go to."

Born in London in 1933, Jay is survived by his mother, Edith, 99; his brother, Robert; his son, Adam, 17, and his wife.

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