Clarence Charles "Ducky" Nash (December 7, 1904 – February 20, 1985) was an American . He is best known for the cartoon character Donald Duck, whose distinctive voice he provided for 50 years. He was also original voice for Tom in Tom & Jerry.
Nash went through several of his voices, and happened by when Nash gave his impersonation of a family of . Disney declared Nash perfect for the role of a talking duck in their upcoming animated short, . The duck, of course, was Donald Duck, who Nash went on to voice for almost 50 years, in over 120 shorts and films. The last film to feature Nash's famous voice was 1983's , although he continued to provide Donald's voice for commercials, promos and other miscellaneous material until his death.
Nash's Donald Duck voice was achieved by what is called : an form of which uses the inner cheek to produce sound rather than the . He first discovered it while trying to mimic his pet goat Mary. In his days before Disney, Nash performed in shows where he often spoke in a "nervous baby goat" voice.
Donald Duck went on to become one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world, a great part of this due to Nash's voice. The voice is distinctive both for its ducklike quality and the fact that it is often very difficult for anybody to understand, especially when Donald flew into a rage (which happened fairly often). To keep Donald's voice consistent throughout the world, Nash voiced the character in all foreign languages the Disney shorts were translated to (with the aid of the ), meaning Donald retained his same level of incoherency all across the globe. magazine, in its 1950s comic-strip style satire of Disney characters, featured a "translation" of "Darnold" Duck's "quacky, incomprehensible" voice.
Nash died on February 20, 1985 of in the in at the age of 80 and was interred in the in . The tombstone of the grave he now shares with his wife Margaret Nash (who died in 1993) depicts a carving of Donald and Daisy Duck holding hands.
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