Mark Dodson Dies: ‘Star Wars’ And ‘Gremlins’ Voiceover Artist Was 64

Mark Dodson, whose unique voice characterizations propelled creatures in the films Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Gremlins, has died at 64.

His daughter told TMZ that he died while in Evansville, IN, to attend Horror Con. He checked into a hotel and suffered a “massive heart attack” while sleeping, she said.

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Dodson was the voice of Salacious Crumb, the scruffy little creature who was a cackling crony of Jabba the Hut in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. That memorable voice led to a gig in Gremlins, where he became the voice Mogwai, much-imitated in school yards.

He worked continuously for several decades in film, video games, radio and commercials as a voice artist. .

His daughter, Ciara, told TMZ that her father “never ceased making me proud.” a

The Evansville Horror Con, where Dodson was scheduled to appear, posted a tribute to Facebook.

“We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Mark Dodson last night. Mark was not only a talented voice actor but also a cherished member of the horror community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fans during this incredibly difficult time. We hope that you can take a moment out of your day to reflect on the joy and laughter that Mark brought into the world. His legacy will live on through his work.”

Survivors include his daughter and several grandchildren.

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