Johnny Hardwick death: King Of The Hill’s voice of Dale Gribble was 64

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Johnny Hardwick, the voice actor known for his role as Dale Gribble in the animated sitcom “King of the Hill,” has passed away at the age of 64. The Austin, Texas coroner’s office confirmed the news on Thursday (10 August). The cause of death is still pending as the coroner’s investigation continues.

Born in Austin, Hardwick not only provided his voice for the character of Dale Gribble in 258 episodes of “King of the Hill,” but also served as a staff writer, story editor, and producer for the show. In fact, he won an Emmy Award in 1999 for his contributions to the production.

“King of the Hill,” created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, follows the life of Hank Hill, a man from Texas, his wife Peggy, and their teenage son Bobby. Hardwick began his career as a stand-up comic and got his first big break appearing on “The Jon Stewart Show” in the early 1990s. It was during a stand-up show in Los Angeles when Daniels and Judge noticed him and offered him a writing job on the show.

Interestingly, the character of Dale Gribble was originally offered to Daniel Stern, known for his role in “Home Alone.” However, due to failed negotiations with Stern, Hardwick stepped in and played the character for 13 years. In a 2019 interview, Hardwick expressed his love for the role, noting that it allowed him to remain anonymous, which meant a lot to him.

Hardwick was also set to star in a revival of “King of the Hill” on Hulu, which was announced earlier this year in January. However, with his untimely passing, it remains to be seen how the show will proceed without his iconic character.

The world of entertainment has lost a talented actor and writer with the passing of Johnny Hardwick. His contributions to “King of the Hill” will forever be remembered, and he will be greatly missed by fans and colleagues alike. May he rest in peace.

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