Steve Viksten of Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! Dies at 54
Steve Viksten, 54, a voice actor in Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold!” passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014. As of yet, the cause of death remains unknown. Viksten was best known for lending his voice to Oskar Kokoshka, a man of Eastern European descent who lives with his wife in Arnold’s grandparents’ boarding house. He was one of the most memorable characters in the cartoon, often leading the other protagonists, especially Arnold, to trouble.
The death of Steve Viksten was met with sadness by fans who enjoyed the Nickelodeon classic series. Craig Bartlett paid tribute to his colleague by posting a memorial in his Facebook account.
“Steve Viksten,” posted Bartlett, “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.”
The post was met with numerous comments of condolences and sympathies from friends and fans. Nickelodeon, which confirmed the news of Viksten’s death, issued a statement.
“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,” said Nickelodeon in the Huffington Post report.
In addition to his voice role, Steve Viksten also served as writer for some of the “Hey Arnold!” episodes alongside Craig Bartlett, most notably “Arnold’s Hat,” where fans get to glimpse Arnold’s absent parents for the first time, and “Stoop Kid,” where Arnold helps a kid get out of his “comfort zone.” He was also one of the writers for the “Hey Arnold!” film adaptation. Aside from these, Viksten also served as a writer for some episodes of “Rugrats” and “Duckman,” Klasky Csupo’s other well-known productions. He wrote one of the episodes of Walt Disney’s “Recess,” as well as co-writing one of the episodes in Season 22 of “The Simpsons.” This particular episode, “Homer Scissorhands,” saw Viksten collaborating with Dan Castellaneta and Tress MacNeille, the two voice actors for Arnold’s grandparents in “Hey Arnold!”
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