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32 years ago today, the acting debut of a music icon we lost this year opened in theaters. Audiences were first treated to Purple Rain on July 27, 1984. Purple Rain proved that Prince could be just as captivating in a feature-length film as he was onstage and in music videos. The rock musical debuted a month after the album of the same name hit record stores, giving us such hits as “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “I Would Die 4 U.” Other notable July 27 happenings in pop culture history; • 1940: Bugs Bunny made his official debut at a screening of the short film A Wild Hare. • 1979: The Amityville Horror opened in theaters. • 1982: Little Shop of Horrors had its Off-Broadway opening at the Orpheum Theatre. The writing team behind the wacky musical, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, went on to write some of Disney Animation’s most beloved songs. »
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Joe Alaskey, an actor who provided the voices of some of TV’s best-known animated characters, has died of cancer, our sister site Variety reports. He was 63.
Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the 2000s. (Mel Blanc provided the original voices.) Alaskey also brought life to Duck Dodgers‘ title character, a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2004.
At the time of his death, Alaskey served as narrator for Investigation Discovery’s Murder Comes to Town. »
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