"The difference between doing voiceover work in animation or in real movies — as opposed to video games — is slight. I mean, you know, acting is acting. It's either good acting or it's bad acting."
Those voices you hear in cartoon, video game
dubs don't exist in a vacuum. While not quite as famous as regular actors, these folks still get a lot of mention among fans for their distinctive style and/or extensive catalogs.
See also Hey, It's That Voice!
Note: If there is a page on the voice actor in question, just add it to the list at the bottom. If you want to list a voice actor for which there is no page, put them in the middle section, along with a few of their most famous roles.
Also, this page is for those whose primary career is in voice work. Don't bother listing TV and movie actors who also happen to do the odd voiceover.
For Japanese voice actors, see Names to Know in Anime
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Primarily in Western cartoons
- Adrian Truss: A British-Canadian actor who is a founding member of the internationally renowned comedy troupe, Illustrated Men. He voiced Poe from Ruby Gloom, the titular Dragon from Jane and the Dragon and Dr. Kirk from Dino Crisis. His other credits include such shows as Rolie Polie Olie and Spliced.
- Alanna Ubach: Has lent her deep Latina voice to male and female voices alike: to both Skate Lad and Rope Girl in Teamo Supremo, Mayor Spryman in Ozzy and Drix, Lola Bola in Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Liz Allan in The Spectacular Spider Man, and the title character in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Also a prolific live actress who got her big break as Josie on Beakman's World, and has appeared in such films as The Brady Bunch Movie, Sister Act 2, Legally Blonde, Meet the Fockers, and Waiting.
- Andrew Sabiston: A Canadian voice actor with a long career in both stage and screen, Sabiston has had many roles in various cartoons. He played Yoshi in the Super Mario World animated series, Diddy Kong in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, Cat in Little Bear and is currently playing Lee on The Amazing Spiez.
- Annick Obonsawin: A Canadian singer and voice actress whose most famous role is that of Sierra in Total Drama World Tour, though she's voiced a number of characters before that, including Inez in Cyberchase and Skunk in Franklin. Her distinct voice is somewhat easy to pick out but her true talent lies in conveying numerous emotions on the fly. She's the 2010 Toonzone Award winner for best voice performance in a televised cartoon, she was very thrilled to say the least.
- Bill Farmer: Best known for voicing Goofy and Pluto, Farmer's also has voiced a few Looney Tunes characters, most notably Foghorn Leghorn. Despite doing a lot of funny voiced characters, he takes voice acting seriously, emphasis on acting. A Goofy Movie is a fine example of this, really giving Goofy a broad emotional range throughout the film.
- Carolyn Lawrence: She is best known for her roles as Cindy Vortex in Jimmy Neutron, Sandy Cheeks in SpongeBob SquarePants, Orel Puppington in Moral Orel, and Ashley Graham in Resident Evil 4.
- Cathy Cavadini: She is perhaps best known as the voice of Blossom on The Powerpuff Girls. She was also the voice of Tanya Mousekewitz in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and the short-lived television series it spawned, even performing songs for the soundtrack of the film, and has done voice work for the Final Fantasy video games as well.
- Chris Latta (real name Christopher Collins): Probably best known as the voice of Cobra Commander in the 1985 G.I. Joe cartoon, or perhaps as Starscream in G1 Transformers; he did similar voices for D-Compose in Inhumanoids and Cravex in Visionaries. (Latta also played Gung Ho in G.I. Joe and Darkstorm in Visionaries.) He has shown up from time to time (26 of them, to be exact) in Star Blazers, as General Dire and Sergeant Knox. He originally was cast as the voice of Moe Szyslak and Charles Montgomery Burns on The Simpsons, but was replaced by Hank Azaria (for Moe) and Harry Shearer (for Mr. Burns). Latta died in 1994 of a cerebral hemorrhage from a long illness, but there has been allegations that his death could have been the end result of a drug problem.
- Christian Potenza: A Canadian Voice actor who's best known for voicing Chris Mclean in the Total Drama series, as well as Jude in 6teen. He has his own Youtube page.
- Clarence "Ducky" Nash: Comedian and one of the first masters of television animal noises. He originated the voice of Donald Duck in 1934, who he would voice until his death in 1985. His last role as Donald was in 1983's Mickey's Christmas Carol, and the character would be voiced then on by Tony Anselmo, a Disney animator, who trained under Nash in person. He also provided animals and character voices for many of Disney's other films such as Huey, Duey and Louie, and Figaro the cat. Cited as a huge inspiration for Frank Welker and Red Coffee.
- Cody, Luke, and Nathan Ruegger: The sons of Warner Bros. cartoon producer Tom Ruegger lent their voices to quite a few of the youthful characters in his shows. Nathan voiced the baby version of Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures, Skippy Squirrel on Animaniacs, and Froggo on Histeria. Luke was the Flame on Animaniacs and Big Fat Baby on Histeria. And Cody, the youngest, was the Baby Blue Bird in a few Animaniacs segments as well as the voice and inspiration for Loud Kiddington on Histeria.
- Dana Snyder: Well known voice actor in [adult swim] programs such as Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Dr. Wang in Minoriteam, The Alchemist in The Venture Bros. and Granny in Squidbillies. Has recently branched out into non [adult swim] animation as the voice of Gazpacho in the Cartoon Network original series Chowder and three characters on Robotomy: Mr. Dreadnot (the Sadist Teacher), Principal Thunderbyte, and the janitor from the "Mutilation Ball" episode.
- Danny Cooksey: Best known for his high scratchy whiny voice he has been in the business since he was 15 among his more famous characters are Montana Max from Tiny Toon Adventures, Victor the bully from the The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "A Visit to Anthony," Urchin from The Little Mermaid animated series, Milo Kamalani from Pepper Ann, the title character of Dave the Barbarian, Hotstreak from Static Shock, and Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown. Before that, he starred as Sam McKinney near the end of Diff'rent Strokes' run, played the scheming Jerkass camper Bobby Budnick on the Nickelodeon sitcom Salute Your Shorts, and was a hoodlum on Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- David Herman: An actor and comedian who now primarily does voice acting. Was on Saturday Night Lives rival sketch show MADtv during its first two seasons (and prior to that, was on the very short-lived post-In Living Color sketch show, House of Buggin, starring John Leguizamo). On MADtv, Herman's most popular recurring characters were Marsh (co-anchor of Gen X News) and 'ike Lawson (host of the informercial series, Incredible Findings). His celebrity impressions on the show include Tom Hanks, David Duchovny, Brent Spiner, Alex Trebeknote , John Ritter (as Jack Tripper on the 1970s sex sitcom Three's Company), Larry Flynt, Tim Allen, Joel Schumaker, Woody Allen, and Nicolas Cage (back when Cage was in dramas like Leaving Las Vegas). On the voice acting front, Herman's most popular vocal credits include Buckley (Luann's deceased boyfriend), Eustice (a wimpy man who was thrown out of Straight Arrow scouts as a child and is now a successful patent lawyer, which, to Hank Hill, means nothing), Anthony Page (the social worker from the pilot episodenote and the episode "Junkie Business"note , Jimmy Witchard (a mentally retarded sociopath), and many others from King of the Hill. Herman also did the voices of Larry, Scruffy, Slurms McKensie, Roberto, Nudar, and many others from Futurama, various characters from American Dad!, Uncle Gabby from The Drinky Crow Show, Ranger Steve Williams from Brickleberry, Mr. Frond the guidance counselor from Bob's Burgers, and the second voices of Coach Stopframe and Principal Fakey from Moral Orel.
- Dwayne Hill: A Canadian Voice actor who has been heard in Jimmy Two-Shoes, Yin Yang Yo, the Total Drama series, Spliced and The Future Is Wild Cartoon Series.
- Gail Matthius (last name pronounced "Muh-THIGH-ess," not "Math-EE-ess"): A former Saturday Night Live cast member note turned voice actress for kids' cartoons in the 1980s and 1990s. You might remember her as the voice of Bobby Generic's mom on Bobby's World (which is actually the voice she used for her hairdresser character, Roweena, on SNL and sounds a lot like Sarah Palin to 21st century ears), Shirley the Loon (the psychic Valley Girl duck) on Tiny Toon Adventures (using a pitched-up version of the voice she used when she played Valley Girl Vicki on SNL and a short-lived syndicated sketch show called Laugh Trax, which had Howie Mandel before he became famous for Bobby's World and Deal or No Deal), and Molly Coddle from Bump in the Night (using her actual voice). On SNL, her celebrity impressions included singer Irene Cara, model/actress Brooke Shields, businesswoman and Bentix Scandal victim Mary Cunningham, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Her recurring characters were the aforementioned Valley Girl Vicki and Roweena the hairdresser, and Francis Lively, the wife of Phil Lively (played by Charles Rocket), a game show host who treats his life like an episode of The Price is Right (or any other high-stakes game show). These days, Gail Matthius is a drama and improv teacher residing in Pacific Palisades, California and is part of an improv group that includes character voice actress Edie McClurg (she voiced Hampton's mom on Tiny Toon Adventures and Louie's mom on Life With Louie) and Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta.
- Janet Waldo: Best known as voicing Judy Jetson from The Jetsons (save for the movie, in which she was replaced with 1980s pop star Tiffany) and Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Like many other voice actors of her generation, she began in radio. Waldo has a very distinctive "young" voice, and arguably has the most adorable voice of all voice actresses.
- Jessica DiCicco: The go-to voice for animated teenage girls who are slightly nicer than the Alpha Bitch. Most often heard on the Disney Channel, playing Maggie in The Buzz on Maggie and Malina in The Emperor's New School. Played Olette in Kingdom Hearts II and Gwen on The Mighty B!. Also played Lexi Bunny in Loonatics Unleashed and the Fire Princess in Adventure Time.
- Jill Talley: Known for voicing Karen, Plankton's computer wife on Sponge Bob Square Pants, Sarah Dubois on The Boondocks, and Gretchen and Ms. Mucus on Camp Lazlo. Is married to fellow voice actor Tom Kenny.
- Joe Alaskey: Originally a comedian and impressionist, he later went on to voice acting. He can imitate all of the major Looney Tunes to near perfection. He regularly performs Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, and Foghorn Leghorn in many productions, and also voices Grandpa Lou from Rugrats after David Doyle died, Plucky Duck from Tiny Toon Adventures, who is basically a higher pitched Daffy, Stinky from Casper the Friendly Ghost live action movies and animated series, and the Lobster Mobster from The Little Mermaid animated series.
- John Stephenson: Like Daws Butler and Don Messick, Stephenson was one of the major voice talents at Hanna-Barbera. His most famous roles include Mr. Slate of The Flintstones, Thundercracker and Windcharger from The Transformers, Lazy Luke of Wacky Races and Col. Wilcox of early Superfriends. Stephenson also played Dr. Benton Quest in the first few episodes of Jonny Quest before being replaced by Messick.
- John Stocker: A Canadian voice actor whose best known role is Beastly in Care Bears but also played Toad and Oogtar in the Super Mario Bros. cartoons, Sir Burnevere in Blazing Dragons, Ankylo in Dinosaucers, Richard P. Fungus in Stunt Dawgs and Naga in Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
- Juan Chioran: an Argentine-born Canadian actor who is best known for playing villianous characters in Canadian animation, including Lance Boil in Grossology, Oslo in Skyland and Lord Fear in Ace Lightning.
- Katie Crown: A Canadian stand-up comedienne known for quirky humor, some of that has carried over into her voiceover performances. These include the Cloudcuckoolander Izzy in Total Drama. Her role as Fin in Stoked sees her in more of a Deadpan Snarker-type role while her role as Patricia in Spliced sees her as an Only Sane Woman.
- Kevin McDonald: This former Kids in the Hall cast member is known for voicing Cloudcuckoolanders like Pleakley from Lilo & Stitch, the Almighty Tallest Purple from Invader Zim, and Waffle from Catscratch.
- Larry Storch: An unusual example in that while he is arguably better known for his work in live action comedies, he has actually done slightly more work in cartoons and animated advertisements than he has done in live action roles. Most of his voice work was for Filmation and Hanna-Barbera, and he was also the lead voice artist for the Looney Tunes cartoons in their final years of production.
- Lorenzo Music: Music didn't have much in the way of vocal range. He did only one voice—his own, sleepy, phlegmatic yet warm—but he made it count. Music started out as a comedy writer until he was recruited to play The Faceless role of Carlton the doorman in Rhoda. This led to his playing Garfield in Garfield and Friends, which led to still more voice work: Tummi in Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Peter Venkman (and his father) in The Real Ghostbusters (for the first few seasons), Sergeant Dunder in TaleSpin, Super-Pac in the second season of Pac-Man, Larry the Crash Test Dummy in a series of famous Public Service Announcements, and several guest star roles and commercial voice-overs. Music was very active until shortly before his death in 2001.
- Lori Alan: Best known as the voice of Diane Simmons on Family Guy, she has also voiced Pearl Krabs in Sponge Bob Square Pants and the Invisible Woman in the 1990s Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer cartoons. She is also the American voice actress of The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3. Her other roles include Lt. Felina Feral from SWAT Kats.
- Megan Fahlenbock: A Canadian voice actress, Fahlenbock is perhaps best known for her role as Gwen in Total Drama, though she voiced Jen in 6teen before that. Her voice is also featured in Yin Yang Yo and Get Ed, among others.
- Olivia D'Abo: A London native, and one of relatively few Britons active in American voiceover. Has played a variety of roles, with or without a British accent (but mostly with), among them being Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Sapphire and Morgaine Le Fay on Justice League, Jane in The Legend of Tarzan, and Tak on Invader Zim. She also starred as Karen Cooper on The Wonder Years.
- Olivia Hack: Former child actress, played Cindy Brady in the live-action The Brady Bunch movie and Teen Genius Tanna on Gilmore Girls, now primarily focusing on voiceover work with her light, sweet-sounding voice. Usually found doing Nickelodeon projects, was the voice of Rhonda in Hey Arnold! and the perky Ty Lee in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Also filled in for Lia Sargent as Shion Uzuki in the second Xenosaga game.
- Pamela Segall Adlon: An actress who started in the voice acting business in 1991 beginning in Rugrats playing various minor or one shot characters, though she got her start in live-action acting on the notoriously awful Grease sequel, Grease 2. She has come to specialize in playing young characters, several of whom are boys between the ages of seven and seventeen. Other characters she has done include Bobby Hill from King of the Hill, Dewey from Quack Pack, Baloo from Jungle Cubs, Lucky from 101 Dalmatians the series, Ashley Spinelli (one of the few times Adlon has ever played a school-aged girl) from Recess, Margaret "Moose" Pearson from Pepper Ann, Rusty from Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Milo Oblong from The Oblongs, Otto Osworth from Time Squad, Andy from Squirrel Boy, Sparks from Phantom 2040, Pajama Sam, and Pumyra from ThunderCats. Adlon can also be seen on the FX comedy series, Louie, about the awkward life and times of comedian Louis C.K.
- Pat Musick: Best known for her roles as Fluffy, Uranus and second voice of Charles after the death of Dana Hill in Duckman, Janine Melnitz in Extreme Ghostbusters, April Eagle in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Snappy Smurf in The Smurfs, Meriem Brunch in The Tick, Tony Toponi in An American Tail, Mona Lisa in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987, and Harold Frumpkin in All Grown Up!. Notable for her impressive ability to invoke Cross-Dressing Voices.
- Patrick McKenna: Best known for playing Harold Green in The Red Green Show. His roles in animation include Lorne, the Friend for Life from the Sam & Max animated series and Two-legs Joe from Spliced.
- Peter Keleghan: Best known for playing Ranger Gord in The Red Green Show, he has appeared in Ned's Newt, Producing Parker and Ruby Gloom.
- Peter Thomas: WWII Veteran who narrates a lot of PBS specials, NOVA and Forensic Files. He's known for his crystal clear voice and precise diction, and his unique narrative tone of urgency, concern, and empathy. Also is a humanitarian and was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns and awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère in World War II.
- Phillip Glasser: Did voice acting as a child, best known for voicing Fievel Mousekewitz in An American Tail, its sequel An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and the television series, up until the direct-to-video movies by which time he'd outgrown the role. He also voiced Gus in A Troll in Central Park and has had minor voicing roles in many other cartoons, mostly during the 1990s.
- Pinto Colvig: A former singer and actor in live-action comedies, who moved into voice acting when he provided the voice of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for the Walter Lantz studio, where Colvig was also an animator and gag man. It was at Disney where he became most well-known though, lending his vocal talents to Grumpy (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Goofy, and Pluto, along with a host of lesser-known characters. Clovig also voiced the Smart Pig on Tex Avery's first MGM cartoon (a World War II cartoon called "Blitz Wolf") and was the original Bozo the Clown.
- Rodger Bumpass: A voice actor best known for his roles as Squidward Tentacles in SpongeBob SquarePants, Doctor Light in Teen Titans, and Professor Membrane in Invader Zim, he had been a voice actor since The Jetsons and voiced a few characters in Heavy Metal, but was not very well known until he got the above roles.
- Russi Taylor: Best known as the voice of Disney's Minnie Mouse. She has also voiced Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby from DuckTales, Baby Gonzo from Muppet Babies, Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri from The Simpsons, Penny Tompkins from The Critic, various incarnations of Pebbles from The Flintstones, Widget The World Watcher, was the voice of Strawberry Shortcake throught The Eighties, and Ferny Toro from Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, a role that got her two Annie and two Daytime Emmy nominations. She was married to the late Wayne Allwine.
- Scott McCord: One of the most prolific of the new Canadian voice-over artists, his most famous roles are probably Owen and Trent in Total Drama and Total Drama Action. He also provided the voice of Skull Boy in Ruby Gloom and Yang in Yin Yang Yo. His other credits include such shows as Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Spliced and the new Care Bears series.
- Stacey DePass: A Canadian comedy actress who has performed in several animated productions, most notably as the voice of Deadpan Snarker Nikki Wong in 6teen. She's also been heard as Iris in Ruby Gloom, along with several other lesser known children's animated series and several minor roles in Undergrads.
- Steve Mackall: A Canadian-American voice actor who performed the voice of Marsupilami for Disney's Raw Toonage and the Marsupilami spin off series.
- Wayne Anthony Allwine: Disney sound designer and the third and longest-lasting voice of Mickey Mouse, following Walt Disney himself and sound designer Jimmy MacDonald. Starting in 1983, he would voice Mickey so often that he would be available for all required projects and regions featuring the character, including the Kingdom Hearts video game series. He was married to Russi Taylor, the current voice of Minnie Mouse (and the voice of several Simpsons kid characters, such as Martin Prince and the purple-haired twins, Sherri and Terri). He passed away on May 18th, 2009. The role is succeeded officially by Bret Iwan.
Primarily in anime, video games
- Chris Seavor: A British game designer for Rare, he voiced nearly every male character in Conkers Bad Fur Day and its remake (which was a lot of voice work). He's also voiced Slippy Toad and Peppy Hare from Star Fox on occasion.
- Clarine Harp: Best known for Sei in Burst Angel, Hibari Ginza in Speed Grapher and China in Axis Powers Hetalia. She also played Kaede in Mahou Sensei Negima! and Laura in Mnemosyne. She is also the basis for Aubrey in the webcomic Something Positive.
- Courtenay Taylor: Best known for playing Juhani in Knights of the Old Republic, Damsel in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Jack in Mass Effect 2 and 3, and Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil 6. Outside of that, she's the voice of Starla (Muscle Man's equally fat and green girlfriend) on Cartoon Network's Regular Show.
- Dominic Armato: A Promoted Fanboy whose largest role (thus far) was voicing Guybrush Threepwood in the Monkey Island series. Also does bit-part voicework for LucasArts games and had a small role in Rocket Power.
- Greg Eagles: Another Scary Black Man, best known for his role as Grey Fox/The Cyborg Ninja and the DARPA Chief in Metal Gear Solid, as well as Garcian Smith in Killer7 and Zommari Leroux in Bleach. Also the voice of Grim and Sperg on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- J. Grant Albrecht: Known for playing The End in Metal Gear Solid 3, and Crypto in the Destroy All Humans! series.
- Jim Walker: Current American voice actor of Fox McCloud in the Star Fox games, also provided Fox's voice in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Joshua Seth: A former voice actor who mainly voiced heroic or naive kids like Tai from Digimon Adventure and Shobu from Duel Masters, other famous roles include Tetsuo Shima in the Pioneer dub of AKIRA, Dio from Last Exile, Hige from Wolf's Rain, Maruss from Zatch Bell!, Young Knives from Trigun, and Eiji from Rurouni Kenshin. He retired from voice acting in 2006 to pursue a successful career as a magician and hypnotist.
- Michael Gough: A North American Long Runner with a surprising amount of range, going anywhere from Harry Mason in Silent Hill to Richter Belmont in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to Badass vampire Beckett and Stanley Gimble in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Dan Smith in Killer7, Deckard Cain in Diablo, and Jin Uzuki of Xenosaga. And then there's his animation work, which ranges from Colonel Spigot in TaleSpin to the villainous Parasite in All-Star Superman.
- Raphael Sbarge: Probably best known for his turn as Lt. Kaidan Alenko later promoted to Staff Commander if he doesn't die on Virmire in the Mass Effect series of games, Sbarge has been lending his seductive gravelly tones to sensitive manly love interests back in the Knights of the Old Republic games as Carth Onasi, and he's also done a host of work in games like Medal of Honor: Vanguard, Star Wars: Republic Commando (where he voiced Scorch), and EverQuest II; along with some Western Animation performances such as in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Justice League. Currently has a live action role as Jiminy Cricket in OnceUponATime, though his character in the flashbacks is usually in Funny Amimal form.
- Stephan Weyte: Known best as Caleb from Blood and its sequel. He's also lent his voice to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the Pajama Sam games, and he even played Steven Spielberg in a 7-minute comedy short.
Actors with their own pages
And, finally, here's a lit of voice actors prolific enough to deserve their own pages. Don't bother listing their roles here; do so on the individual pages. Names are listed in alphabetical order by surname. All names are in European order, with personal name first and family name last.
this section has considerable overlap with Names to Know in Anime