Lee Marshall, the Voice of Tony the Tiger, Dies at Age 64


“If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call,” former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda observed.

Lee Marshall, one of the iconic voices behind Tony the Tiger, died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at Santa Monica Hospital, according to the LA Times. Marshall was 64 and is survived by his  son Jason Marshall VanBorssum, wife Judie, stepdaughter Eve Borders Ottis and granddaughter Kate.

Tony the Tiger’s famous line, “They’re grrrreat,” became a nostalgic piece of our childhood, something we heard while watching Saturday morning cartoons and remembered every time we spotted Frosted Flakes in the grocery aisle. Marshall took over for the original Tony, Thurl Ravenscroft, when he passed away in 2005.

Often, strangers would recognize Marshall’s voice and ask him to “do” Tony, said his friend and former KRTH-101 colleague Tom Kelly. “He wouldn’t do it with children around,” Kelly told LA Times. “He was very protective of Tony’s image.”

While no official statement has been made on who will continue the role of Tony the Tiger, whoever is chosen will most likely need to carry on the character’s classic “basso profondo” — deep bass — roar.


This is What Tony the Tiger Looks Like Drunk


Here is yet another artist ruining a fond childhood memory. Yay! This time, it’s Tony the Tiger and his fellow cereal mascots reimagined as sloppy alcoholics who look like they’re on the verge of throwing up their Cheerios and rum. The series is similar to “Breakfast Time,” where our favorite characters were transformed into, ahem, “cereal” killers.

In “If Alcohol Had Mascots Like Cereal,” Alex Watt over at College Humor portrays what a world where breakfast replaced with liquor and beer would look like. The result: It’s not pretty and “Uncle Bud” needs to calm down on the booze.


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Check out the full series here.

H/T Incredible Things


Take a Look at These Frighteningly Realistic Versions of Kid’s Cereal Mascots

In case you needed another excuse for not eating breakfast, artist Guillermo Fajardo’s new series of “Breakfast Time” digital paintings may have you never wanting to open your kitchen cabinets again.


Fat Tony the Tiger — Vinyl Figure

Artist Ron English always seems to have something to say…without actually saying it. Actually, I take that back. He’s not beating around any bushes with his latest vinyl figure, Fat Tony the Tiger, an extravagant take on the popular breakfast cereal mascot, Tony the Tiger.

Fat Tony the Tiger is a look at what Tony might actually look like had he feasted on the sugary breakfast cereal he was hawking in all his commercials. Another welcome piece of awareness from Ron English’ series of breakfast cereal riffs.

[Via Foodiggity]