Obituaries in the news: Voice actor Tony Jay |

Obituaries in the news: Voice actor Tony Jay

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Tony Jay

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Tony Jay, who was the voice of Judge Frollo in the 1996 animated Disney film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” has died. He was 73.

Jay died Aug. 13 at Kindred Hospital from complications after surgery in April to remove cancer from his lungs, said his wife, Marta MacGeraghty Jay.

Born in London, Jay began acting when he was 30 after moving to South Africa to work in theater, television and radio. Upon returning to London, he portrayed Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” and appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Nicholas Nickleby.”

He moved to Los Angeles in 1986. Among his film credits were “Twins” with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger and “My Stepmother Is An Alien” with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger. His final movie, “Albert Fish,” which he narrated, is scheduled to be released this week.

Jay had a recurring role as the evil outcast Paracelcus in “Beauty and the Beast” (1987-90) and was featured in “Twin Peaks” (1990-91) and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993-97).

He received a daytime Emmy nomination this year for his work as Spiderus in the animated “Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends” on Nickelodeon.

Jay also found steady work in video games, often as the villain. Some of his roles were in such games as “X-Men Legends,” “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” and the “Legacy of Kain.”


Clinton Bristow Jr.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Alcorn State University President Clinton Bristow Jr. was found dead on a campus track days before classes were scheduled to start, officials confirmed. He was 57.

A student found Bristow on the track around 9 p.m. Saturday. He was known to jog each night.

The student couldn’t get a response from Bristow and called campus police, Claiborne County Coroner J.W. Mallett said.

Bristow was named president of the university in Lorman in 1995.

Under his leadership, Alcorn increased the number of students seeking professional degrees and helped the school gain national attention for a large number of Russian students.

Founded in 1871, Alcorn is the nation’s first state-supported university for black students. It had about 3,500 students last year.

Bristow held bachelor’s, doctorate and law degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master’s degree in business administration from Governors State University in University Park, Ill.


Alexander C. Cushing

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Alexander C. Cushing, the founder and chairman of one of the largest and best known ski resorts in the world, died Saturday at his summer home in Newport, R.I. He was 92.

Cushing, who helped launch the sport in the U.S. by bringing the 1960 Winter Olympic Games to his Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe, died of pneumonia, the resort said.

He initially bid for the games as a publicity stunt, never dreaming he might get them.

Even though his fledgling resort was little known outside California, Cushing stunned the sports world by beating out internationally known resorts in Europe.

The games were the first ever televised, exposing 10 million viewers to what was then considered an elitist sport. Millions of middle-class families caught the skiing bug and resorts proliferated.

Cushing, who was inducted into the Ski Industry Hall of Fame in 1999, acknowledged he was never much of a skier.

While he was hailed by industry observers, he was controversial to others.

Cushing fought with environmentalists and government officials over everything from ski runs to diesel fuel contamination.

Born Nov. 28, 1913 in New York City, Cushing graduated from Harvard Law School and joined the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor.

He gave up a legal career to start the ski resort after a friend took him to California in 1946.


Dick Hickox

MIAMI (AP) — Dick Hickox, who led the University of Miami basketball team to its highest national ranking, has died. He was 68.

Hickox, Miami’s first basketball All-American and a member of the school’s athletic Hall of Fame, died Friday after battling esophageal and colon cancer, his wife Sylvia said.

The native of Fort Wayne, Ind., never planned a career in Florida.

Hickox was playing basketball at Allan Hancock College, a junior college in California, when Miami coach Bruce Hale asked him to come to Coral Gables.

Despite leading Hancock to a junior college state championship, he agreed to the move.

Hickox scored 1,529 points during three seasons at Miami, and averaged 19.4 points. During the 1959-60 season he led the Hurricanes to a 23-3 record and a No. 8 national ranking, still the highest in school history.

He planned to play basketball after graduating but was drafted into the Army, where he also led a winning team. When he returned to Florida, he coached at Miami and then at Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Hickox was invited to this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., in March to receive a Legends Award.


Joe Rosenthal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of six World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, died Sunday. He was 94.

Rosenthal died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the San Francisco suburb of Novato, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal.

His photo, taken for The Associated Press on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial, dedicated in 1954 and known officially as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commemorates the Marines who died taking the Pacific island in World War II.

The photo was listed in 1999 at No. 68 on a New York University survey of 100 examples of the best journalism of the century.

The photo actually shows the second raising of the flag that day on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island. The first flag had been deemed too small.

The small island of Iwo Jima was a strategic piece of land 750 miles south of Tokyo, and the United States wanted it to support long-range B-29 bombers and a possible invasion of Japan.

The AP photo quickly became the subject of posters, war-bond drives and a U.S. postage stamp.

Rosenthal left the AP later in 1945 to join the San Francisco Chronicle, where he worked as a photographer for 35 years before retiring.

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