Many of you no doubt remember Mario's early forays into the world of Saturday morning cartoon entertainment. Twenty years ago, times were quite different for the popular mustachioed plumber, and the three series' of cartoons that occurred over the period of 1989-1994 took some notable liberties with the source material, but were nonetheless entertaining to watch. Tony Rosato was the name of the voice actor who supplied the voice for Mario's lanky brother, Luigi, in the latter two series'—Super Mario World and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.—but unfortunately Rosato passed away at age 62 on the evening of Monday the 9th.
The cause of death is still being investigated, but it's believed that Rosato died of a heart attack. As for his career, Rosato was the first cast member on Saturday Night Live who was born outside North America. Alongside the voice work he did for the Super Mario shows, he was involved in dozens of other animated shows, and also voiced Nemesis in Resident Evil 3. In 2005, Rosato ran into legal issues that halted his career temporarily when he was diagnosed with Capgras syndrome -- a rare mental illness where the victim believes those closest to them have been replaced with imposters -- but he was subsequently released from prison after a lengthy hiatus awaiting trial. Our hearts go out to those who were near to him.
[source torontosun.com, via thestar.com]
That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario! wheeze
It's always sad to hear of anyone dying. My sympathies and condolences to his family and friends. 62, while not young isn't ancient either.
Nooooo! My childhood! Literally, I loved the Mario cartoons as a kid (still don't know why I did) and Luigi was my favorite character. Mostly because of "That's Mama Luigi to you!".So sad of hear of this man's passing. May he be remembered for his incredible voice talent that gave us so many good memories (and memes).
May he rest in peace.
Despite how iconic Charles Martinet is, I'll always have a soft spot for Mario and Luigi's voices in the SMB3 and SMW shows. They were my introduction to the series in general, and I'll never forget them.
It WAS a football and he DID chisel it!
Bless 'im. Always made my before school moments that much happier.
Wish I could pay my respects with Yoshi's final line of the episode, but this'll have to do.
He'll find the magic balloon in the sky!
Damn. So unfair
Damn Capgras syndrome! Sounds like some scary sci-fi stuff! What if a small hand full of people with it were right though??? Who they were told were their family... Weren't really their family!? I think like that sometimes lol
Really sad, I used to love that show when I was a kid. I wished I watched more of it.
Starsssss ... My condolences to his family and friends
He voiced Nemesis? Interesting. I didn't know that.
@ya_boy_six No profanity, thanks.
He did Nemesis' original voice? Holy smokers! That's rad.
You will be missed I'll forever have your voice in my collection
Rest in spaghetti, Luigi.
That's MAMA Rosato to to you, Mitch!
My sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Geez, Captain Lou, Danny Wells, and now Tony Rosato. I hate to see such talented voices go.
My condolences to his family. Once upon a time I enjoyed those cartoons, but now... there just super weird to even look at.
R.I.P., Tony Rosato. Thanks for providing such a talented voice to my favorite character!
A pity, especially at such a young age. Rest in peace, mister Rosato.
Damn son...my condolences to his family and friends,i used to love this cartoon too so ya know? makes me really sad.
Man, I thought it was bad enough to learn Danny Wells is gone...
WHAT IS HAPPENING! (didn`t actually shout)
Rest in peace Tony Rosato........
Awww.. This is really sad. I wish the best for his friends and family. As a kid I used to go to the Blockbuster store and always rent the cartoon, so it feels like I lost an old friend. Rest in Peace.
Mama Luigi ;_; R.I.P Good sir, and my condolences to his family and friends.
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