This is so sad. Jack Riley, the voice of Stu Pickles on the ultimate ’90s cartoon, ‘Rugrats,’ has passed away. He was 80-years-old. Click here to learn about Jack’s amazing life.
Jack Riley, the voice of Tommy and Dil Pickle’s kooky father on Rugrats, died from pneumonia in Los Angeles early on Aug. 19, according to Entertainment Weekly. He joined the voice cast of the Nickelodeon program as Stu Pickles, in 1991 and stuck with the role through all of the movies, as well as the cartoon’s sequel series, All Grown Up. The joy that the cartoon brought to millennials alone means that Jack’s death will be mourned by so many today. But the 80-year-old’s talents were not just beloved by ’90s children.
Jack was also famous with older audiences for his work on The Bob Newhart Show, where he played Elliot Carlin, a patient of Bob Newhart’s. He reprised that role in 1985 on NBC’s hospital series St. Elsewhere. Jack also appeared in a number of comedic director Mel Brooks’ films, including History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety, and To Be or Not to Be. What a career!
Jack was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began his work on television on the sitcom Occasional Wife. In the 1970s, while working on The Bob Newhart Show, he accrued a number of guest star credits on popular shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, and Diff’rent Strokes. Later in his career, Jack appeared on Seinfeld, Friends, Night Court, and The Drew Carey Show. Clearly, all of his work through so many decades means the nostalgia factor for this particular actor runs through the roof for several generations. Jack will be missed by many, including his beloved wife Ginger Lawrence-Riley.
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