The death of Thea White, the voice of Muriel Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog, has prompted an outpouring of tributes from the industry. Marty Grabstein, who played Courage in the Cartoon Network series, has added his unmistakable voice to the chorus of condolence, as has the show’s creator John Dilworth.
In a video posted to Facebook, Grabstein pays tribute to his old colleague, who passed away aged 81 on July 30 following surgery related to liver cancer. “She made a very, very deep impact upon my life,” says the actor, adding, “She was a warm, loving, kind, extremely funny woman with a whole lot of energy — she had the energy of a 50-year-old.” Watch the video below:
Grabstein and White worked together on all four seasons of Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999–2002) as well as spin-offs and specials, including the forthcoming crossover film Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog. As this latest project got underway, the pair started speaking again regularly, chatting “about all kinds of nonsense” at 2 a.m., Grabstein recalls.