Michael Pataki (1938-2010)

Michael Pataki

Veteran actor Michael Pataki passed away on April 15. The cause of death was cancer. Variety has his obituary. In addition to hundreds of roles in live-action films and TV series, he occasionally provided voices for animated characters. His longest running role was as George Liquor, which he first portrayed on The Ren and Stimpy Show and later in various web projects for Spumco. He also provided the voice of the Cow in Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures and performed voices in Dexter’s Lab and Batman: The Animated Series.

UPDATE: Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi has posted a tribute to Michael Pataki on his blog.


  • Gummo

    Older fans like myself remember him most fondly for his role in the classic Star Trek episode, The Trouble With Tribbles — he plays the Klingon who tells Scotty that the Enterprise “should be hauled away AS GARBAGE!”

    Mystery Science Theater fans know him as JC from the Sidehackers.

    RIP, Michael. May you forever chew the scenery in Heaven.

  • http://Www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    Mike was very good to me. He always had great stories and an infectious laugh. He had a huge heart. I miss him already. He was a wonderful friend to me.

  • Roberto Severino

    Farewell, Michael. My condolences go out to your family. He certainly had a very diverse career in both live-action and animation.

  • Tom Minton

    Michael did a better George C. Scott than George C. Scott.

  • http://toonamir.blogspot.com Amir Avni

    Very sad to hear this, its hard for me to articulate what he means to me as an artist, but he means very much. Rest in Peace Michael!

  • Rooniman

    NOOOOOOO!!!!! Not Mike Pataki!! Oh God, why’d he have to die? Oh, RIP, dear Mr. Pataki.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    He was fall-down-on-the-floor funny, and he was always “on”. At parties people generally gravitated towards him, even people who didn’t know who he was, and laughed for hours. Sad, sad news.

  • Michael Rosenberg

    R.I.P. Mr. Pataki :(

  • http://UncleEddiesTheoryCorner Eddie Fitzgerald

    Mike’s George Liquor was one of the all-time great cartoon voices. It was full of nuance, and wasn’t in the least generic. Lots of voice actors can do salty old men, but how many could also infuse the character with nobility and charm?

    One of the great pleasures of my professional life was watching John K work with Mike in the recording studio. The affection and admiration these guys had for each other was deeply touching.

    Mike was lucky to have spent his final years with his wife T, who had a great sense of humor, and who was devoted to him.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Gads, I remember him as the bad guy in SO many 60′s and 70′s TV shows.

    Thanks for all the memories, Mr. Pataki

  • http://jimgrue.com James Sugrue

    I can’t believe he’s gone. His voice always had me in stitches. I wish I could have met him =(

  • Valerie

    I didn’t know about Michael’s passing until I saw it on my laptop. I thought he was a very talented and versatile actor. My heart goes out to his family.

  • John Paul Morris

    Mike and I attended the same acting workshop in L.A.; we werewas introduced by a friend we had in common. I think often of Mike and don’t try to comprehend the indelible imprint he left on me in spite of the few years I knew him. When he was in Cincinnati in 1972 to promote “Grave of the Vampire,: I called him as he concluded an appearnace on a local TV program and he was as kind and engaging as ever. To feel a loss as deeply as I do for a man I’ve not seen in more than forty years speaks to the man. Go ever in God’s light my friend.