9 Voice Actors Who Bring Your Favorite Characters To Life
Have you ever been sitting there watching cartoons with your children or younger family members (or by yourself, no judgment) and a particular character’s voice sticks out to you? If you’re like me, you probably researched that character and the person who voiced them and was shocked to find out that that person also voiced many of your other favorite characters. Let’s take a look at some (because there’s a lot, but we don’t want to bog you down with too many pages) of the actors behind the voices, and if I left your favorite out, sound off in the comment section.
When there was a sassy young girl that needed a voice, Cree Summer seemed to be at the top of the list. Four years before portraying Winifred, also known as Freddie, on “A Different World,” Cree already established herself as a sought after voice actor by playing “Penny,” the power behind her half-cyborg, half-idiot uncle “Inspector Gadget,” a Care Bear in the popular series, and an Ewok from “Star Wars.” Cree has had a sustainable career through out the years as (a small list of characters) Elmyra Duff from “Tiny Toons Adventures,” Cleo from “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Susie from “The Rugrats,” Numbuh Five from “Codename: Kids Next Door,” “Tessa and Vanessa” from “Pepper Ann,” the Green M&M, and my favorite “Maxine” from the “Batman Beyond” series.
Kevin Michael Richardson
The deep baritone voice of Kevin Richardson is hard to miss in many television shows, cartoons, and video games. Usually cast as a villain, he has had no trouble finding roles, from children shows like “Penguins of Madagascar,” and “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” to more adult oriented shows like “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show.” But he’s recently been recognized for his talent, by being nominated for a Daytime Emmy for voicing The Joker from “The Batman.”
Having the ability to voice multiple characters on a show and have most listeners none the wiser is hard, but has been a talent for Tom Kenny. With 301 credits under his name, and growing, Tom Kenny has voiced some of the most popular kids’ television characters, such as “The Mayor” and “The Narrator” from “The Powerpuff Girls,” Rabbit from “Winnie the Pooh,” Heffer from “Rocko’s Modern Life,” and the ever so popular “Spongbob Squarepants.” His voice can currently be heard as the lovelorn Ice King from the widely popular “Adventure Time!” series, and seemingly any other animated series. The man in talented.
Who didn’t love the “Lovable Scamp, Bender,” on Futurama? The former comedian has made a name for himself by voicing many popular characters, but a few are: Bender, Dr. Drakken from “Kim Possible”, Rico from the “Madagascar” films and the spin-off “The Penguins of Madagascar,” and currently as Jake the dog from “Adventure Time!”
There’s times when a young boy needs a voice, and who’s better than a woman? This was the case for Tara Strong when she voiced the notable character of “Bobby Hill,” for the long running series “King of the Hill.” Switching off between voice acting and live acting, Tara Strong has built a career voicing characters like: “Dil Pickles” from “Rugrats,” “Batgirl,” from “Batman” “Brenda” from “Pepper Ann” and “Raven” from “Teen Titans” and “Teen Titans Go!” She’s also been nominated and won multiple awards for her voice acting abilities.
Before being known as Luke Skywalker in the wildly popular movie franchise “Star Wars,” Mark Hamill started off as a voice actor for the animated film “Wizards.” Between live action movies he has maintained a large voice acting following by providing voices for “The Little Mermaid,” the Joker in multiple of the “Batman the Animated Series” spin-offs, himself in “Pepper Ann” and (my favorite) Skips from “The Regular Show.”
H. Jon Benjamin
H. Jon Benjamin might not have such a long voice acting career as others on this list, but he’s established by the projects that he has under taken. With his very distinct voice, Mr. Benjamin has held such popular characters as “Satan” from “Lucy, Daughter of the Devil,” “Coach McGuirk” from “Home Movies,” and now the popular show “Bob,” from “Bob’s Burgers.”
Known as “one of the most talented women in the voice acting industry,” Tress MacNeille has made a career of voicing popular characters on popular shows. From her continuos work on “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Rugrats,” “The Boondocks,” “Tiny Toon Adventures” and so much more, Tress MacNeille has voiced many of your favorite characters, and you probably didn’t even know it.
As a “Simpsons” fan, I knew I wanted to end this list with one of my favorite actors from the show. It was a tie between Dan Castellaneta, who is known in the acting industry as “the man of a thousand voices,” and Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. But once I found out that Nancy was also the voice of beloved ginger “Chucky Fenster” from “Rugrats,” I had to go with her. From playing women, girls, boys, and animals (“Rufus” from “Kim Possible”) Nancy Cartwright has been the voice for adults and children for many years.