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Voice Actor Johnny Hardwick, Famous for “King of the Hill” Role, Passes Away at 64

Renowned voice actor Johnny Hardwick, best known for his iconic portrayal of Dale Gribble on the animated sitcom “King of the Hill,” has tragically passed away at the age of 64. Hardwick’s body was discovered at his Texas residence after law enforcement officials conducted a welfare check. Although the cause of death has not been officially confirmed, authorities have indicated that foul play is not suspected.

Hardwick began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian in Texas during the 1990s before gaining recognition on “The Jon Stewart Show.” However, it was his role as the conspiracy theory-obsessed Dale Gribble that truly propelled him into television history. He lent his distinctive voice to the character for the entire run of “King of the Hill,” spanning 258 episodes from 1997 to 2010.

The actor’s portrayal of Dale Gribble, a paranoid and eccentric character, earned him widespread acclaim and a dedicated fan following. Hardwick’s performance was an integral part of the show’s success, leading to an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1999, along with additional nominations in subsequent years.

Following the conclusion of “King of the Hill,” Hardwick took his talents online, creating parody covers of popular songs while appearing in character as Dale Gribble. He also contributed his voice to various movies, including the 1999 film “Natural Selection” and the 2019 project “Shadows of Sofia.”

Johnny Hardwick’s untimely passing marks the end of an era for fans of “King of the Hill” and the broader entertainment community. His unique voice and memorable portrayal of Dale Gribble will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy in the world of animated television.

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Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay
Ruben Jay is an American broadcaster, media blogger, and podcast host. Currently, Ruben is the President of MultiMediaMouth.com and the executive producer and host of the popular podcasts You’re My Best Friend and ON AIR with Ruben Jay, exclusively on MultiMediaMouth.com. Follow Ruben on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok @TheRubenJay.

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