The writer, producer, director, and character voice of one of my favorite cartoons has died.
Steve Viksten, a California native best known as the voice of Oskar Kokoshka (pictured above with his character’s wife Suzie) from the Nickelodeon hit “Hey Arnold!” and writer for other animated shows “Duckman,” “Recess,” “Rugrats,” and “The Simpsons” (Homer Scissorhands) passed away recently, and the cause of death has been withheld so far.
An official statement to The Huffington Post from Nickelodeon reads as follows:
We are deeply saddened to learn that Steve Viksten has passed away. Steve was a gifted artist and we were honored to have the opportunity to work with him on our beloved shows ‘Hey Arnold!’ and ‘Rugrats.’ Our heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones.
“Hey Arnold” creator Craig Bartlett also confirmed Viksten’s death via his Facebook with a pic of he and Viksten (above center in dark jean jacket) with the caption:
Steve Viksten, who wrote many of my favorite Hey Arnold! stories, died yesterday. I was lucky to be near to so much talent for so long. RIP —
Bartlett then went on to say that episode 3A, “Arnold’s Hat,” was Viksten’s first solo script for “Hey Arnold!” and one of his favorites; he posted a pic of a hatless Arnold as a tribute.
Any episode with my favorite European mooch is a great one…including the time he bet on Arnold’s grandpa’s death.
Farewell, Oskar. You will be missed.
Steve Viksten was 54.
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