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Clarence Charles "Ducky" Nash (December 7, 1904 – February 20, 1985) was an American voice actor. He is best known for the Disney cartoon character Donald Duck, whose distinctive voice he provided for 50 years. He was born in the rural community of Watonga, Oklahoma, and a street in that town is named in his honor. In 1993, he was posthumously made a Disney Legend for his contributions to Walt Disney films. He was also original voice for Tom in Tom & Jerry.

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Beginning his career[]

Nash made a name for himself in the late 1920s as an impressionist for KHJ, a Los Angeles radio station, on their show The Merrymakers. He was later employed by the Adohr Milk Company for publicity purposes. Dubbed "Whistling Clarence, the Adohr Bird Man", Nash rode the streets with a team of miniature horses and gave treats to the children. In 1932, Nash happened by the Disney Studio with his team of horses and decided to leave a copy of his Adohr publicity sheet with the receptionist. As it turns out, his name was recognized from a reprise appearance on The Merrymakers a few days before and Walt Disney himself had been impressed by Nash's vocal skills. He was asked to go to the Disney Studio for an informal audition.

Donald Duck[]

Nash went through several of his voices and Walt Disney happened by when Nash gave his impersonation of a family of ducks. Disney declared Nash perfect for the role of a talking duck in their upcoming animated short The Wise Little Hen. The duck, of course, was Donald Duck, who Nash went on to voice for over 50 years.

Donald Duck went on to become one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world and a great part of this was due to Nash's distinctive voice. It may well be one of the most recognizable character voices in history. The voice is distinctive both for its duck-like 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 dubbed Donald's voice into all the foreign languages that the Disney shorts were translated into (with the aid of the phonetic alphabet), meaning that Donald retained his same level of incoherency all across the globe. Mad magazine, in its 1950s comic-strip style satire of Disney characters ("Mickey Rodent" in issue #19), featured a "translation" of "Darnold" Duck's "quacky, incomprehensible" voice.

Nash's last feature films as the voice of Donald was in Mickey's Christmas Carol in 1983 and in Donald Duck's 50th Birthday in 1984, although he continued to provide Donald's voice for commercials, promos and other miscellaneous material until his death in 1985.

Other Characters[]

In addition to Donald's voice, Nash also voiced Daisy Duck (in her earliest appearances, when she was little more than a female version of Donald), as well as Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. He also voiced Figaro, Rough House Statue, and Donkeys in Pinocchio, P.J. in 'Bellboy Donald', Brutus & Nero in The Rescuers, Ichabod's Horse in The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad, and for a bullfrog in Bambi. Nash also provided the meows of Figaro the kitten in a handful of shorts and briefly voiced Jiminy Cricket after the death of Cliff Edwards in 1971. Nash made some cat noises for Sylvester Cat from 2 Looney Tunes cartoons Tugboat Granny and Cat's Paw. He did some dog sounds in One Hundred and One Dalmatians and vocal sounds for Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and the Bear in The Fox and The Hound. He also voiced Mickey Mouse in 'The Dognapper' and Pluto in 'Mickey's Surprise Party'. Several Tom and Jerry cartoons directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera featured a third main character, a duckling named Quacker; Hanna and Barbera would adapt Little Quacker into Yakky Doodle for television. As with most Hanna-Barbera productions, these characters used celebrity impersonations, in these cases an impersonation of Clarence Nash's Donald Duck voice. In these cases, Red Coffee and Jimmy Weldon provided the respective voices, although because both were so similar to Nash's voice they are often mistakenly attributed to Nash.

Later years[]

When Disney shut down their shorts department in 1962, Nash continued to voice Donald in various projects over the next two decades.

Nash's performance as Donald in Mickey Christmas Carol made Donald the only character in that film to be voiced by his original voice actor.

In the late 1970s, Nash was known for often taking walks in the neighborhood around Fremont Elementary School in Glendale, California, entertaining children with his Donald Duck voice.

Despite lending his voice to hundreds of films, shorts and television programs, Nash made few appearances on camera, such as when he was a contestant in a 1954 episode of What's My Line, as a guest in a 1976 episode of The Mike Douglas Show and in a cameo in the 1984 TV special Donald Duck's 50th Birthday.

In 1985, Nash was interviewed for the Donald Duck Story on the VHS Donald's Bee Pictures and told a story of how he copied how his pet goats sounded at his farm before getting hired as the voice of Donald. He explained the rivals Donald Duck had including Spike the Bee and of how the bee foiled Donald and stung him. This would be his last Disney interview before his passing.

Death[]

Clarence Nash died of leukemia in 1985 at the age of 80 and was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. 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.

Successor[]

After Nash's death, Donald's voice was taken up by Disney animator Tony Anselmo, who was trained by Nash personally, probably because Nash knew that one day, he needed to be replaced.

Later characters whose voices owe considerable credit to Nash's duck voice have been voiced by actors such as Jimmy Weldon, Frank Welker, Sam Kwasman, Steve Blum, Daniel Ross, Luba Goy, and Red Coffey. The most prominent of these is Weldon's Yakky Doodle for Hanna-Barbera. Anselmo is also among the many voiceover artists to have also voiced Huey, Dewey, and Louie over the years.

Sound clips for the new characters[]

Here are the sound clips of Clarence imitating Donald for the new T.V. shows, movies, video games, and cartoon shorts.

Original characters[]

Donald Duck (1934-1985)

Daisy Duck (1940)

Huey, Dewey, & Louie (1938-1967)

Donna Duck (1937)

Tom (1940-1967)

Figaro (Pinocchio; shorts)

Peter Pig

Louie the Mountain Lion

Mickey Mouse (The Dognapper)

Pluto (Mickey's Surprise Party)

P.J.

Lambert Lion

Ajax the Gorilla (working with Jimmy MacDonald)

Sylvester Cat (cat noises)

Butch (The Alley Cat)

Toodles Galore (The Alley Cat)

Rover Boy (Dude Duck)

Giant Spider (Gulliver Mickey)

Ichabod's Horse

Bullfrog

Joe Cat (Ventriloquist Cat)

Rough House Statue (Pinocchio)

Donkeys (Pinocchio)

Dogs

Bat (The Flying Mouse)

Cat Judge (Pluto's Judgement Day)

Robins (Carousel of Progress)

Shere Khan (vocal effects)

Brutus & Nero the Crocodiles

Bear

Legs Sparrow (Who Killed Cock Robin?)

Joey Hippo (Elmer Elephant)

Tootsie the Penguin (Donald's Penguin)

Mad Jack (Donkey Kong 64)

Ducks (Chicken Little)

New characters[]

Scrooge McDuck (duck sounds)

Darnold Duck (version of Donald Duck)

Mickey Rodent (version of Donald Duck)

Minnie Pig (version of Donald Duck)

Goony Dawg (version of Donald Duck)

Plutted Pup (duck noises)

Dora Winifred Read (version of Donald Duck)

Francine Alice Frensky (version of Donald Duck)

Muffy Alice Crosswire (version of Donald Duck)

Sue Ellen Armstrong (version of Donald Duck)

Vicita Molina (version of Donald Duck)

Fern Walters (imitating Donald Duck)

Ladonna Compson (imitating Donald Duck)

Bud Compson (imitating Donald Duck)

Prunella Deegan (imitating Donald Duck)

Marina (imitating Donald Duck)

Binky Barnes (version of Donald Duck)

Alan "Brain" Powers (imitating Donald Duck)

Molly MacDonald (version of Donald Duck)

Catherine Frensky (version of Donald Duck)

George Lundgren (imitating Donald Duck)

Nadine (imitating Donald Duck)

Slink (version of Donald Duck)

Arthur Read (imitating Donald Duck)

Quack William-Cat (duck noises)

Manfred Frank (roaring, snarling, & growling)

Los Dedos (dog noises)

Maria Pappas (duck noises)

Buster Baxter (duck noises)

Timmy & Tommy Tibbles (version of Donald Duck)

Colleen (imitating Donald Duck)

Buffy (imitating Donald Duck)

Bradley Bear (bear noises)

Animals from Marc Brown's Arthur

Eeyore (donkey noises)

Skullasaurus

Lola (duck noises)

CatDog (creature noises)

Lor McQuarrie (version of Donald Duck)

Blossom, Bubbles, & Buttercup (duck noises)

Brick, Boomer, & Butch (duck noises)

Princess Morbucks (duck noises)

Numbuh 5 (version of Donald Duck)

Numbuh 3 (version of Donald Duck)

Numbuh 4 (version of Donald Duck)

Mandy (version of Donald Duck)

Cree Lincoln (version of Donald Duck)

Angelica Pickles (version of Donald Duck)

Marie Kanker (version of Donald Duck)

Eddy (version of Donald Duck)

Helga (animal noises/version of Donald Duck)

Rhonda (version of Donald Duck)

Phoebe (version of Donald Duck)

Arnold (version of Donald Duck)

Horrid Henry (version of Donald Duck)

Beebe Bluff (version of Donald Duck)

Porkchop (dog noises)

Kermit the Frog (frog noises)

Ernie & Bert (duck noises)

Olive Oyl (imitating Donald Duck)

Little Audrey (imitating Donald Duck) & Little Lulu (imitating Donald Duck)

SpongeBob Squarepants (imitating Donald Duck)

Jenny Wakeman/XJ9 (animal noises/imitating Donald Duck)

Charlie Brown (imitating Donald Duck), Linus Van Pelt (imitating Donald Duck), & Lucy Van Pelt (imitating Donald Duck)

Harry Potter (animal noises & imitating Donald Duck)

Dash (imitating Donald Duck)

Dot (imitating Donald Duck)

Mayor Pelican (squawking)

Little Quacker (version of Donald Duck)

Yakky Doodle (version of Donald Duck)

Blue Duck

Black Duck

Video[]

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Donald stem clarence Nash

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Tony Anselmo, Clarence Nash, & Wayne Allwine at Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Party

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Clarence Nash's duck noises

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Clarence or Donald says I'm Not A Goose

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