Johnny Hardwick, best known for his role as Dale Gribble on the long-running Fox animated comedy “King of the Hill,” died on August 8, 2023, according to the show’s producers. He was 64. There was no mention of a cause of death.
Johnny Hardwick was an incredibly beloved member of the ‘King of the Hill’ family, whose tremendous talent, brilliant humor, and friendship will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to work with him over the past 25 years.
Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family as we mourn the loss of one of the animation greats. His voice gave life to one of our most iconic characters, and he will be truly missed.
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Johnny Hardwick, the voice of Dale Gribble, has passed away suddenly at the age of 64
An iconic voice for a legendary character, he was returning to reprise his role in the KOTH Hulu Revival. He reportedly did not complete his work for the show.
He will be dearly missed. pic.twitter.com/bazoBgz7ml
— TRAFON(s Backup Account) (@RiseFallNickBck) August 10, 2023
During his tenure on the show, which lasted over 200 episodes, Hardwick also worked as a writer and a story editor. As a producer of “King of the Hill,” Hardwick received an Emmy Award for outstanding animated program in 1999. He was also nominated for two more awards in the category.
Dale Gribble was a significant supporting character on Mike Judge and Greg Daniels’ “King of the Hill,” which aired for 13 seasons and 259 episodes between 1997 and 2010. Dale was one of Hank Hill’s closest pals, and he was well-known for his continual paranoia caused by conspiracy beliefs. Hardwick played Dale for the entire 13-season duration of the show, appearing in 257 of the 258 episodes.
Hardwick was born in Austin, Texas, and began his career as a local stand-up comedian before landing a spot on “The Jon Stewart Show.” A routine at Los Angeles’ Laugh Factory comedy club caught the attention of Daniels and Judge, the latter of whom had television success as the creator of MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head.” The team was working on “King of the Hill” and invited Hardwick to join them.
Aside from “King of the Hill,” Hardwick has participated in reality shows like “Ace of Cakes” (2009) and “Boomer vs Zoomer” (2019). Through old recordings, he continued to voice Dale in other mediums, such as the video game “King of the Hill” and the 2022 racing game “Warped Kart Racers.”
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In January, Hulu officially authorized a “King of the Hill” reboot. Hardwick was cast to play Dale again, alongside returning voice cast members Kathy Najimy, Stephen Root, Pamela Adlon, and Lauren Tom. Hardwick died before completing his voice work on the “King of the Hill” revival. You can join us on our Twitter account for the latest updates about celebrities passing.