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Steve Viksten

Stephen Lee "Steve" Viksten (July 19, 1960 - June 23, 2014) was the voice actor of Oskar Kokoshka, Caesar, and others, and a writer of the show. He wrote the most stories for the show out of all writers, with 65 stories, plus the movie. He also co-developed the show with creator Craig Bartlett and writer Joe Ansolabehere.

Life

Viksten was born in Ventura, California on July 19, 1960. His father was the vice president of the local Sears. During his teenage years, Viksten's family moved to Arcadia, California, where Viksten became editor of Arcadia High School's newspaper. After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1978, Viksten attended several universities including the University of Missouri, UCLA, and Cal State Fullerton, though he did not obtain a bachelor's degree.

In addition to Hey Arnold, Viksten wrote multiple episodes of Rugrats, Recess, Duckman, and The Simpsons. Viksten's sole contribution to the latter, season 22's "Homer Scissorhands," was his final writing credit before his death. He died of a heart attack on June 23, 2014 at the age of 53. He was given a posthumous tribute in the end credits of Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie along with cast member Vincent Schiavelli and Nickelodeon archivist Kevin Iwaki.

Writing Credits

In every episode of Seasons 1-4, Steve is credited as Co-Producer. In Season 5, (including Hey Arnold! The Movie), he's credited as Co-Executive Producer instead. Steve is not credited at all in "April Fool's Day" and "The Journal", meaning he did not participate in the production of those episodes.

# Episode Credits
Arnold Writer
1 Downtown as Fruits / Eugene's Bike Writer
2b Field Trip Writer
3 Arnold's Hat / Stoop Kid Writer
4b The Old Building Writer
5a 6th Grade Girls Writer
7a Operation Ruthless Writer
10b Arnold as Cupid Writer
12b Wheezin' Ed Writer
15a Olga Comes Home Writer
17a False Alarm Writer
18b 24 Hours to Live Writer
20 Arnold's Christmas Writer, Story
21a Helga's Boyfriend Writer
25 Arnold's Valentine Writer
26b Partners Writer
27b Harold's Kitty Writer
28a Arnold Saves Sid Writer
30b Ms. Perfect Writer
31a Monkey Business Writer
34b Gerald Moves Out Writer
37 Steely Phil / Quantity Time Writer
39a Eugene Goes Bad Writer
40 Arnold's Halloween Story
41b Oskar Gets a Job Writer
43a Stinky Goes Hollywood Writer
46a Arnold Betrays Iggy Writer
47b Mr. Hyunh Goes Country Writer, Lyrics
48b Helga vs. Big Patty Writer
49b Hey Harold! Writer
52a Best Man Writer
54a Grandpa's Birthday Story
55a Arnold & Lila Writer
56 Arnold's Thanksgiving Writer, Story
57b School Dance Writer, Lyrics
58a Helga's Show Writer
59 School Play Writer
62a Dinner for Four Writer
63 Full Moon / Student Teacher Writer
64b Jamie O in Love Writer
68 Love and Cheese / Weighing Harold Writer
71 Veterans Day Writer
72 Back to School / Egg Story Story ("Back to School"), Writer ("Egg Story")
73 Weird Cousin / Baby Oskar Writer
77a Helga's Masquerade Writer
78 Helga on the Couch Story
79 Dino Checks Out Writer, Lyrics
82b Fishing Trip Writer
83a Bag of Money Writer
85a Stuck in a Tree Writer
88a Ghost Bride Writer
89b Ernie in Love Writer
90b Chocolate Boy Story
92 The Racing Mule / Curly's Girl Writer ("The Racing Mule"), Story (both)
93b Family Man Writer
94a Phoebe's Little Problem Writer
96 Married Writer
Film Hey Arnold! The Movie Writer