Cartoon characters are easily recognizable, and for many, even their voices give them away to the average viewer. However, few people know that there are many famous voices behind those cartoon characters. Although big movie cartoons, such as “Ice Age” feature many famous people, many actors and actresses that are now famous got their start as voice actors, while others offer their voices even after they become well-known.
The star of “Black Swan,” “That 70’s Show,” and “Ted,” actually has an even more well-known role as the voice of Meg Griffin on the hit cartoon “Family Guy.” Mila was born to a Jewish family in the Ukraine, and began acting when she was just nine years old. Mila was not the first voice of Meg Griffin, however, as she replaced Lacy Chabert after the first season of the show.
Known for decades as the voice of “America’s Top 40,” Casey Kasem also voiced several cartoon characters over his career. The most recognizable is the voice of Shaggy on “Scooby Doo,” but Casey also voiced characters on “Thundercats,” “Sesame Street,” and “Superfriends.” Born Kemal Amin Kasem, the actor is of Palestinian and Lebanese descent. Casey began his career in radio while in high school, and began radio acting with parts in “The Lone Ranger.” In addition to his cartoon character voices, Casey narrated all promo announcements for NBC from 1977 to 1981.
Gaining fame as Uncle Phil in the Will Smith hit, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” James Avery also voiced Shredder in the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon, as well as the voice of James Rhodes in the “Iron Man” series in 1990. James grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was classically trained in England. In addition to his work as a voice actor, James appeared on several popular television shows, including “LA Law,” “Simon & Simon,” and “Hill Street Blues.”
Today, best known for her roles on the Disney Channel, including “High School Musical” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” Ashley Tisdale also voiced the character of Candace Flynn in the popular cartoon “Phineas & Ferb.” Ashley began her career as a Ford Model with Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton. She was born in West Deal, New Jersey. She is also a recording artist and has appeared in more than 100 national network television advertisements.
Born in Palisades, New York, Hayden Paniettiere is best known for her roles in “Remember the Titans,” and on the television show, “Heroes,” but many people do not realize that Hayden also provided the voice for Dot in “A Bug’s Life.” Hayden began her show business career doing commercials at the age of 11 months, and at four-and-a-half, landed a role on “One Life to Live.” Many people still remember her as Lizzie Spaulding on “The Guiding Light.” Hayden also operates “Paniettiere’s Closest” that regularly auctions her clothing, raising funds for wildlife preservation.
These famous cartoon voices may be better known for their in-front of camera work, while their voices give life to their animated roles as well. Although many now-famous actors and actresses began with voice acting, there are many who still do the voices for cartoon characters, such as Ray Ramano, Queen Latifah and Ashton Kutcher.
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