Actor Johnny Hardwick, who was best known as the voice of Dale Gribble on “King of the Hill,” died Tuesday at the age of 64.
Hardwick was found in his Texas home by law enforcement officers after they were called to perform a welfare check on the voice actor, reports TMZ.
According to the outlet, Hardwick was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have yet to issue an official cause of death.
However, police did report that they do not suspect any foul play.
The Post reached out to Hardwick’s reps for comment.
Hardwick began his rise to stardom in 1990 as a stand-up comic in Texas before eventually landing a gig on “The Jon Stewart Show.”
The Lone Star State native later immortalised himself in television history with his work as conspiracy theory-obsessed Dale in the Fox comedy “King of the Hill,” which premiered in 1997.
Hardwick lent his voice to a whopping 258 episodes of the show, its entire run. The series ended in 2010.
In 1999, Hardwick received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. He was also nominated two more times in the same category in 2001 and 2002.
Hardwick also voiced characters in movies including Mark Lambert Bristol’s “Natural Selection” in 1999 and Kevin Booth’s 2019 epic “Shadows of Sofia.”
After “King of the Hill” ended, the comedian took his talent online and began posting parody covers of popular songs while dressed as Dale and making various references to his iconic “pocket sand” attack.
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