Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal has displayed a mascot for their cereal for many years. The friendly looking tiger called “Tony the Tiger” has had his catch phrase, “They’re g-r-r-r-e-a-t”, has been repeated by many families around the world at breakfast time and during commercials. Lee Marshall is the second voice of “Tony the Tiger” and has recently passed away.
The original voice we remember back in the 80s was by Thurl Ravenscroft who started the television commercials back in 1952. Lee Marshall started to train with Ravenscroft in 1999 when Thurl was having trouble with the dialogue according to a news story today by E! Online.
Lee Marshall took over the role of the iconic voice of Tony the Tiger when Ravenscroft passed away in 2005 at the age of 91. Now we hear the news that Marshall has also passed away on April 26 due to esophageal cancer at a hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 64.
Lee Marshall had a very robust and deep basso voice at a very young age. The first gig he performed was as a deejay in Phoenix. His deep voice and the fact he lied about how old he was got him in the door; at the time Lee really was only fourteen years old but no one knew till years later.
His voice helped pave his way into the wrestling arenas as well as radio newsrooms for decades. It has been said that even when Lee whispered it came out sounding like a roar. He worked for CKLW in Ontario, Canada then for KCBQ in San Diego and later for KHJ and KABC in Los Angeles. Marshall also hosted a show from Dodger Stadium.
Marshall is survived by his wife, Judie, son Jason Marshall VanBorssum, stepdaughter Eve Borders Ottis and granddaughter Kate.