Concealed behind the faces of animated characters, these legends have been bringing your favorite cartoon characters to life all this time, yet you haven’t known their names, much less their faces. You’ll probably be surprised to know they voiced several characters in one show, and you thought they all sounded so differently. Here are 10 of the most legendary voice actors of all time.
Top 10 Greatest Voice Actors of All Time
Known as the man of a thousand voices and, sometimes, the god of voice acting, Mel Blanc still holds the number 1 spot even after almost a century of voice acting history. He voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Woody Woodpecker, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Elmer Fudd, Coyote, Barney Rubble, Dino (Flintstones), Tweety Bird, Henery Hawk, Captain Caveman, Taz, Speedy Gonzalez, and many, many more famous characters. He is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. He was a voice actor for over 4 decades and continued working even while in the hospital before his death.
As a child, Tress MacNeille has always loved cartoons and, ever since, wanted to be a voice actress. She later worked in a variety of jobs and had numerous minor voiceover roles before becoming a regular on an animated TV show. Over a career of 50 years, she has garnered almost more or less 300 credits, voicing tons of characters for each show she worked for, as much as over twenty characters in The Simpsons alone. She was Daisy Duck, Dot Warner, Babs Bunny, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo, Colleen, Rhubella Rat, Agnes Skinner, Mom, Pepper, Tiny Tim, Charlotte Pickles, Chip, Dale, Gadget, Penelope Pussycat, among many other notable characters too many to mention here.
Guess who? Spongebob, for crying out loud! When Tom was young, he was into comic books, drawing funny pictures and collecting records. Tom turned to stand-up comedy in Boston and San Francisco. This led to appearances on every cable show. Since then, Kenny has voiced many other characters including Heffer Wolfe in Rocko’s Modern Life, the Ice King in Adventure Time, the narrator and mayor in The Powerpuff Girls, Carl Chryniszzswics in Johnny Bravo, Dog in CatDog, Spyro from the Spyro the Dragon video game series, the Penguin in Batman, Squanchy in Rick and Morty, and many others.
You may have thought that Mark Hamill disappeared after Return of the Jedi. You may not have seen his face as often anymore during the period before the recent Star Wars releases, but his voice was literally everywhere. He’s the biggest and best of the many gifts to Batman: The Animated Series! His success as the Joker has led him to portray a wide variety of characters in television, film, anime, and video games, mostly similar super villains like Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Hamill was the voice of the Hobgoblin in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, the Gargoyle in the animated series of The Incredible Hulk, Maximus in Fantastic Four, Klaw in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and multiple characters in Ultimate Spider-Man. Hamill voiced Solomon Grundy and Trickster in the DC animated universe series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, the murderous gangster Tony Zucco in The Batman, Spectre in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Judah in Joseph: King of Dreams, the evil wolf Niju in Balto II: Wolf Quest, Chanukah Zombie in Futurama: Bender’s Big Score, and many other characters. Hamill has done voice acting in English dubs of two Studio Ghibli films as well.
Frank Welker is best known for his role as Fred Jones from Scooby-Doo since its inception in 1969 and as Scooby-Doo himself since 2002! He is also known as the voice of Megatron in Transformers, Nibbler of Futurama, Wonder Dog and Marvin White of Super Friends, as well as Pudge and Gabby of Bailey’s Comets. For several years, Welker continued to provide voices for many characters for Hanna-Barbera, including Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Dog Wonder, and the Shmoo in The New Fred and Barney Show and its spin-off, The Flintstones Comedy Show. He also voiced various characters on The Simpsons, such as Santa’s Little Helper, Snowball II, and various other animals from 1991 to his departure from the show in 2002. In 2007, Welker became the new voice of Garfield. He has also voiced many video game characters, most notably Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the Shadow Blot in Epic Mickey and its sequel Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, as well as Zurvan, also called the Ancient One, on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
People may say she’s overrated, Tara Strong has provided voice-over work for a considerable number of characters in animated films and video games. Her roles include animated series such as Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly OddParents, Teen Titans, Xiaolin Showdown, Ben 10, Chowder, Wow Wow Wubbzy!, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Unikitty!, and DC Super Hero Girls and video games such as Mortal Kombat X, Jak and Daxter, Final Fantasy X and X-2, and Batman: Arkham. She has also lent her voice to English-language localizations of Japanese anime such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, as well as several video games, including her work as Elisa and Ursula in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops; Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; Rikku in Final Fantasy X, its sequel Final Fantasy X-2, and Kingdom Hearts II; Talwyn Apogee in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and its sequel, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty; Kiera in Jak and Daxter; Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City; and Juliet Starling, the main character of Lollipop Chainsaw. She also surprisingly voiced Terrence, a violent teenaged boy from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. So maybe she’s not as overrated as some may claim.
Seth attended and studied animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. After he graduated, he was hired by Hanna-Barbera Productions as an animator and writer. MacFarlane’s work in animating Family Guy is especially notable, having animated, written, and voiced the main characters in the popular show. Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin, and Glenn Quagmire, as well as Tom Tucker, his son Jake Tucker, and additional characters were all voiced by this jack of all trades. He voiced Wayne “The Brain” McClain in an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and various characters on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, including a parody of Lion-O and Emperor Palpatine. He also played the villain the Manotaur in Yin Yang Yo!, Johann Kraus in the Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Ziggy in Tooth Fairy, and many more. He also had a guest appearance in the animated film Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, where he sings “That Was Then (And This Is Too),” the opening theme.
James Earl Jones
Widely regarded as one of the greatest stage and screen actors of all time, James Earl Jones gave depth and feeling to Mufasa in The Lion King and Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films. His career has spanned more than seven decades, and he has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors. Jones was the voice of Pharaoh in Hanna-Barbera’s The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, Emperor of the Night in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Ommadon in Flight of Dragons, Kibosh in Casper: A Spirited Beginning, Martin Luther King Sr. in Our Friend, Martin, the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, and many more characters. He was the narrator for Malcolm X, Freddie as F.R.O.7, Judge Dredd, Click, and Scary Movie 4.
Erin Grey Van Oosbree, credited as Grey DeLisle and Grey Griffin, is an American voice actress and singer-songwriter. Her notable roles include Vicky from The Fairly OddParents; Samantha “Sam” Manson from Danny Phantom; Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy; Frankie Foster, Duchess, and Goo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends; Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender; Yumi Yoshimura from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi; Kimiko Tohomiko from Xiaolin Showdown; Lola, Lana, and Lily Loud from The Loud House; Queen Butterfly and Jackie Lynn Thomas from Star vs. the Forces of Evil; Wubbzy from Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!; and Prince Puppycorn from Unikitty!. As of 2001, she is the current voice of Daphne Blake of Scooby-Doo. In video games, she voices characters such as Amanda Valenciano Libre in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Jacqueline Natla in the Tomb Raider series, and Catwoman in the Batman: Arkham series.
Cree Summer’s career goes all the way back to voicing Penny of Inspector Gadget in 1983. Her other voice roles include Princess Kneesaa in Ewoks, Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toon Adventures and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, Susie Carmichael in Rugrats and All Grown Up!, Numbuh 5 and Cree Lincoln in Codename: Kids Next Door, Cleo the Poodle in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Princess Kida in the franchise of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom, Rayna Cartflight in The Buzz on Maggie, Beast Girl in Teen Titans Go!, Priscilla Skunk in Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Maxine “Max” Gibson in Batman Beyond, Foxxy Love in Drawn Together, Magma in X-Men Legends, Yvonne and Gordon in Mrs. Munger’s Class, Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, Witch Haggar in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Mo in the Horrible Histories, Kermit’s mom, Star, and Pilgrim in Kermit’s Swamp Years, among many others.Top 10 Best Voice Actors of Voice-Over History by George