If you grew up in the '90s, you probably watched a lot of Disney cartoon shows. They were incredibly popular with young kids and even some parents. Some of these shows include Pepper Ann, Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Weekenders and so many more to include. However, one of the most popular of these shows was Disney's Recess. This show followed the adventures of six fourth graders: T.J, Vince, Spinelli, Gretchen, Mikey and Gus as they attend Third Street Elementary School. They would constantly get into adventures where they had to learn lessons and fight against the evil school board trying to take away any fun from the children.
Although, did you know that some famous celebrities guest-starred on Recess. Maybe you did know but I think most people would not know some of these. So, without further ado, here are nine celebrities I bet you didn't know guest-starred on Recess.
1. Robert Goulet as Mikey Blumberg's singing voice
Most know him as the famed lounge singer and acting in such classics like Beetlejuice and The Naked Gun 2 1/2. However, most might not recognize his angelic singing voice coming out of the gentle giant, Mikey Blumberg. Fans of the show might remember his rendition of White Christmas in the Christmas special episode.
Sadly, Robert Goulet passed away back in the year 2007 but he will be forever remember by the fans of Disney's Recess.
2. Robert Vaughn as Mr. White
If you grew up in the '50s or '60s then you'll definitely remember Robert Vaughn in the spy classic television show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. You might also remember that he lent his voice to one of T.J Detweiler's most sinister foes. Known only as Mr. White, he is called in to fix a problem with the bad language at Third Street School. Even though T.J made up the word that he's trying to eradicate.
He was mean, he was mysterious and above all, he was hilarious. Robert Vaughn was perfectly cast as the threatening Mr. White.
3. Allyce Beasley as Ms. Grotke
Most TV viewers might remember Ms. Beasley as the receptionist from the '80s hit, Moonlighting. However it's hard now to not notice her soft voice coming out of the kids' hippie teacher, Ms. Grotkey. Usually considered the nice and gentle teacher, Ms. Grotkey is always there give T.J and his friends the advice and courage to do what's right. I can't imagine another soft gentle voice coming out of this character.
4. Katey Sagal as Flo Spinelli
It took a while for the show to introduce Spinelli's parents because of their embarrassing nature. But when we finally did meet them, we were surprised to hear the voice of Peggy Bundy come out of Spinelli's mom. At least she played a better mother here than on Sons of Anarchy.
5. John Astin as Superintendent Skinner
People can usually recognize John Astin as the original Gomez Addams from the original Addams family television show from the 1960s. However, most people might not realize that he was the voice of Third Street School's Superintendent who was usually one of the more compassionate authority figures on the show.
6. Edward Asner as Thaddeus T. Third the Fifth
Edward Asner has done plenty of voiceover work in his career but he most well known as Lou Grant in the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. Although most might not recognize his gruff voice coming out of the richest man in the city, Thaddeus T. Third the Fifth. He is usually portrayed as the kindest of the authority figures on the show as he lets the kids off the hook for climbing his statue and even gives them all prize vacations for returning a C note to his possession.
7. James Earl Jones as Santa Claus
James Earl Jones has voiced many iconic characters including Mufasa from Lion King and Darth Vader from Star Wars. But who would've thought that he also briefly voiced Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. When Mikey is feeling down in the dumps about Santa not being real, a kind old man tells him that Santa can be real in your heart. We then last see him flying overhead the school shouting "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night".
8. Eric Idle as Galileo
Eric Idle has a very long and impressive filmography to follow but most moviegoers might remember from the Monty Python films and TV series. Although you might be surprised to know that he also lent his voice to Gretchen's little AI frog that usually had a lot of answers to the kids' questions... because I'm sure the '90s really perfected A.I technology.
9. Mayim Bialik as Kurst the Worst
Probably the most surprising on this list. Kid's of the '90s will recognize Mayim Bialik as Blossom and fans of Big Bang Theory will recognize her as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler. However, you will be very shocked to find out that she voiced the school bully Kurst the Worst who is usually portrayed as a disgusting fat mean girl. She does, however, form a friendship with Mikey later in series due to their shared in interest in food.