Everett Peck, the illustrator and cartoonist who created the irreverent animated series starring Jason Alexander duck, is dead. He was 71 years old.
Peck died Tuesday in Solana Beach, Calif., of complications from a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife, Helen, said. The Hollywood Reporter.
Peck created duck for a one-off comic from 1990 published by Dark Horse Comics while proposing the idea of an adult-only animated series. It finally aired in 1994 on the USA Network via Klasky-Csupo (the original production company behind The simpsons), ran four seasons through 1997 and was nominated for three Emmys.
“Duckman represents the plight of the little guy in an increasingly complex and demanding world”, Peck said in a 2009 interview. “Like many of us, he struggles to break even but is ultimately crushed by powers far beyond his control.”
Alexander portrayed Eric Tiberius Duckman, the self-loathing “family man/private dick” who lives with his deceased wife, sister, two children, and stepmother. (Seinfeld was just getting started when Alexander signed.)
“Jason was still pretty unknown at that time,” Peck said in another chat from 2009. “He was able to deliver the quick delivery of how the show was written, had a great sense of comedic timing and good voice quality.”
On Twitter, Alexander wrote that “it was an honor to voice his beloved character and a joy to have known Everett. He was one of a glorious kind.
I just learned with sadness of the passing of Everett Peck, the genius animator and designer who brought Duckman to life. It was an honor to voice his beloved creation and a joy to have known Everett. He was one of a glorious kind. My best to his family and friends#ripeverettpeck
— Jason Alexander (@IJasonAlexander) June 17, 2022
Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Tim Curry and Dweezil Zappa (her father, Frank Zappa, composed the theme songlisten)) also voiced characters from the series.
Peck also created the 2006-07 Cartoon Network series Squirrel Boy; this featured an anthropomorphic character as Duckman and starred Richard Steven Horvitz and Pamela Adlon.
Born in San Diego on October 9, 1950, Peck earned a degree in illustration from Cal State Long Beach and took over the illustration program at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1984. He later completed projects with Klasky- Suppo for sesame street and helped launch the animation division at Sony.
His curriculum vitae also included work on Rugrats, The Real Ghostbusters, Extreme Ghostbusters, dragon tales, Jumanji, The critic and Sami.
In 2014 he returned to Cal State Long Beach to teach.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his children, Emily and Spencer; his daughter-in-law Paloma; and her granddaughter Sidley.
11:05 p.m. Updated with additional details on his death, other survivors, and correct birthplace.