The voice behind 'Tony the Tiger' dies

Lee Marshall, who began voicing the cartoon mascot in 1999, battled against esophageal cancer.

By InvestorPlace May 8, 2014 1:10PM

Credit: © PRNewsFoto/Kellogg Company

Caption: Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger

By William White

Lee Marshall, the voice of Kellogg's (K) Tony the Tiger, has died.

Marshall started voicing Tony the Tiger in 1999. He completely replaced Thurl Ravenscroft, who had voiced the cereal mascot since 1952, in 2005.

He died from esophageal cancer on April 26 while at the Santa Monica Hospital in California, reports The Huffington Post. Marshall was 64.

Marshall also was a voice actor for several cartoons, and also worked as a DJ, news anchor and sports broadcaster. The Los Angeles Times pointed out a great quip from Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda: "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call."

Marshall is survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter and granddaughter, reports The Huffington Post.

Kellogg has yet to announce who will replace him as Tony the Tiger, but did say that it will be someone that can emulate his deep voice, The Huffington Post notes.

Hear Marshall as Tony the Tiger in this clip.

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May 8, 2014 4:58PM
May 8, 2014 4:37PM
Sadly, he paled in comparison to the original voice of Tony the Tiger - some also know as the man who sang "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch", Thurl Ravenscroft, a TRUE voice actor.
May 8, 2014 4:47PM
Sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends. Have a friend whose husband passed away from laryngeal cancer a few years ago. He had never smoked a day in his life.
May 8, 2014 5:03PM
I didn't know about the second voice of Tony the Tiger; the person I'll remember is the first (and best) voice, Thurl Ravensrcoft (1952-2005).

May 8, 2014 4:51PM
Died April 26, makes the news 8 May, guess there were other stories more pressing.
May 8, 2014 2:21PM

Interesting that no mention is made of his past as a pro wrestling announcer.



May 8, 2014 6:06PM
Had the pleasure of working with Lee. He was an extremely nice fellow and Grrreat to work with! RIP, Lee. You will be missed.
May 8, 2014 5:33PM
This is sad to hear about from what I remember growing up through watching on TV. :(
May 8, 2014 5:38PM
Both men did the job well. Tony the Tiger is an American Institution. Not certain what warcat's comment,  "never smoked a day in his life" has to do with it.
May 8, 2014 6:44PM
They don't even mention which cereal he was the mascot for.  When is Microsoft going to learn that software and journalism are not even remotely related?
May 9, 2014 2:01AM

Don't even know who this guy is...Who cares.

And my neighbors and friends have or have had Cancer...I know them.

He just a voice, of Unknowns...

He's not the Tony I met years ago as a kid...I want to hear Thurl on the clip...Not Marshall.

Oh yeah it was Frrrrrrosted Flakes....From Kelloggs in Battle Creek, MI.

Think it's called "Cereal Capital of the World" or something like that.?

Also has the "World's Longest Breakfast Table Record" or did?

May 10, 2014 6:09AM
i drank all my dads beer...taste great...HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM...
May 9, 2014 5:08PM

So sad to hear of Lee Marshall's passing.  Truly love his voice!  No one else can replace his voice. Rip, Mr. Marshall.  You were ''great!'' Thanks for giving Tony the Tiger the wonderful voice!! You will be missed but not forgotten. Much condolences and thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

May 8, 2014 5:27PM
He should have replaced Barry White on his songs great voice RIP
May 8, 2014 6:21PM
These days a shady lady calling herself "Silly Rabbit" is doing "trix" for a racist billionaire NBA geezer, so I guess our latest Tony Tiger impersonator gets some air time to balance out the universe.
May 8, 2014 6:39PM
May 8, 2014 6:33PM
Not the REAL Tony the Tiger voice....FAIL
May 8, 2014 5:19PM
hot beer taste better than no beer...TASTES GREAT...
May 8, 2014 4:47PM
me and my brother went on a AND THEY'RE GREAT  tirade...we was so loud mom threaten to whip us...we was drinking beer...
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