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John Widelock (~1940s-2017) was an American actor and voice actor. He is best known for being the original voice actor of Chuck E. Cheese, a role he kept from 1977 to 1984. He also provided the voice of several supporting characters within the franchise, including the demo voices of Crusty the Cat, Jasper and Pasqually.

Career[]

Chuck E. Cheese[]

In 1977, John was hired by Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre, initially voicing all the characters in the demo showtape. But eventually, it was decided to get separate voice actors to speed up post production and have better chemistry between the characters. When he was given the choice of which character he wanted to keep, he picked Chuck E. Cheese.

John based his portrayal of Chuck E. Cheese on fictitious gangster Muggs McGinnis, originated by character actor Leo Gorcey[1], but was forced to adopt a New Jersey accent for the character after he was deemed too abrasive for a child audience. John struggled to provide Chuck E. Cheese with a singing voice, and was fired in 1983 due to failing to sing a number for the unreleased holiday special, The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. He was replaced by Scott Wilson as Chuck E. Cheese during 1984.

Other Work[]

Outside of the Chuck E. Cheese franchise, John played minor roles in several movies and television shows.

Death[]

John passed away in 2017.

Filmography[]

Chuck E. Cheese[]

References[]

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