The voice of the title character in the animated Christmas classic "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," actress Billie Mae Richards, has died, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Ms. Richards, a Toronto native, was 88 years old. She died of a stroke on Sept. 10.
She voiced Rudolph in the 1964 animated TV special, which has been a staple of holiday TV programming ever since.
In a 2005 interview, she told FilmFax magazine, “I’m just so glad that my kids, my grandkids, my great-grandkids and probably my great-great-grandkids will see ‘Rudolph.’"