Recently, I wrote an article celebrating some of the voice actors behind our favorite cartoon characters. However, their were far too many to fit into just one article. Here are 10 more great voice actors who deserve our recognition.
1. Mel Blanc
The Voice Of: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, many other Looney Tunes.
After spending the early days of his career working in radio, Mel Blanc entered the world of voice acting in 1937 in the minor role of a drunken bull in the Porky Pig cartoon Picador Porky. He went on to become one of the most influential figures in the history of voice acting, earning himself the nickname "Man Of A Thousand Voices."
Blanc gave a voice to iconic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tweety Bird, among a great many others. He also worked with Hanna-Barbera, notably voicing Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, and Secret Squirrel.
Throughout the '40s, Mel Blanc was one of the few voice actors to receive onscreen credit for his work, ensuring that this was included in any new contract that he signed. After a car accident in 1961, Blanc was famously revived from a coma when his Doctor referred to him as Bugs Bunny, to which Blanc replied, in character:
“Eh... just fine, Doc. How are you?”
He began recording The Flintstones voice tracks from his hospital room shortly after.
2. Cree Summer
The Voice Of: Susie Carmichael, Numbuh 5, Princess Kida
Cree Summer's throaty voice is instantly recognizable to her fans. Her voice acting career began in 1983, when she became the first actress to voice Penny, the title character's niece, in Inspector Gadget. She has since voiced over 100 different characters, including Rugrats supporting character Susie Carmichael, Numbuh Five from Codename: Kids Next Door, and Ghost Hunter Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom.
Summer has also carried on a moderately successful music career, touring with Lenny Kravitz in 1999. Her music work was the reason for the limited appearance of her character, Susie, in the first two Rugrats films. Cree's talent was put to use in the Rugrats spin off, All Grown Up, with the teenage Susie depicted as an aspiring singer.
3. Rob Paulsen
The Voice Of: Pinky, Raphael, Donatello, Yakko Warner.
Rob Paulsen has been an active figure in the voice acting industry since 1983. He has worked with nearly every major animation company, voicing over 250 roles. Some of his most popular roles include Yakko Warner in Animaniacs, Pinky in Pinky & The Brain, and Experiment 625, a.k.a. Reuben, in Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
Paulsen currently voices Donatello in Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the classic 1987 Turtles series, he voiced Raphael. Paulsen has named Raphael as the character with the voice closest to his own.
4. Grey DeLisle
The Voice Of: Vicki, Frankie, Azula
Grey DeLisle, born Erin Grey van Oosbree, has been an active voice artist since 1996, beginning her career with minor guest roles in shows such as Rugrats and Johnny Bravo. She is best known for voicing Vicki in Fairly Odd Parents, Mandy in The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy, and long-suffering housekeeper Frankie Foster in Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.
DeLisle received voice training from the late Mary Kay Bergman, inheriting the role of Scooby Doo's Daphne Blake after Bergman's death. Delisle has credited her role as Daphne as helping her career in country music.
5. Paul Winchell
The Voice Of: Tigger, Dick Dastardly.
Paul Winchell was a great talent, working in the fields of acting, comedy, and even medicine. In the early days of his entertainment career, Winchell was known as a ventriloquist, hosting a show with his puppet, Jerry Mahoney. By 1968, he had transitioned to mostly voice work, voicing classic Hanna-Barbera villain Dick Dastardly, and later The Smurfs antagonist Gargamel.
In 1974, he was cast in the role of Tigger for Disney's Winnie The Pooh featurettes. Winchell ad-libbed many of Tigger's lines, including the classic catchphrase:
Outside of his entertainment career, Winchell is notable as the first person to build and patent an implantable mechanical heart.
6. Christine Cavanaugh
The Voice Of: Chuckie Finster, Gosalyn Mallard, Babe.
No child of the '90s could possibly have grown up without hearing the distinct nasally tones of Christine Cavanaugh. Beginning her career with minor voices on The Simpsons, she soon began earning leading voice roles like that of Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and Chuckie Finster on Rugrats. She also voiced the title character in the first Babe film.
Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001 to spend more time with her family. However, she retained the role of Chuckie long enough to train her replacement Nancy Cartwright to properly perform the distinct voice, and her voice could be heard in Dexter's Laboratory until early 2003.
Sadly, Christine Cavanagh passed away in 2014, after a battle with leukemia.
7. Don Messick
The Voice Of: Scooby Doo, Boo Boo Bear, Papa Smurf, Muttley.
If a voice was needed for an animal or sidekick character in one of Hanna-Barbera's many classic cartoons, it was highly likely that Don Messick provided it, often pairing with the company's leading man, Daws Butler. He voiced Ruff the Cat alongside Butler's Reddy The Dog in The Ruff And Reddy Show. He followed this with more sidekick characters such as Boo Boo Bear, Ding-A-Ling Wolf, and Muttley.
Messick eventually earned a starring role as Ricochet Rabbit, but by far his most popular role would be that of the cowardly, mystery-solving Great Dane, Scooby Doo. He continued to voice Scooby until his death in 1997.
8. Carlos Alazraqui
The Voice of: Rocko, Denzel Crocker, the Taco Bell Chihuahua
Carlos Alazraqui began his career as the voice of Rocko, the lead character in cult-classic Nicktoon Rocko's Modern Life. He also voiced Rocko's dog, Spunky. Other popular roles include Fairly Odd Parents villain Denzel Crocker, Spyro in the first Spyro The Dragon game, and the voice of the Taco Bell Chihuahua.
Alazraqui has also appeared in live-action roles, most notably the mockumentary series Reno, 911!
9. Joe Alaskey
The Voice Of: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Grandpa Lou.
Joe Alaskey could be considered Mel Blanc's heir to the throne of "Man with A Thousand Voices," first taking on the role of Yosemite Sam to lighten Blanc's load, and eventually assuming the roles of Bugs and Daffy, and Tweety Bird in the early 2000s. He was the second actor to voice Grandpa Lou in Rugrats, inheriting the part after the death of original Grandpa David Doyle, later reprising the role in the spin-off All Grown Up!
Alaskey sadly passed away after a battle with cancer on February 3, 2016. Jeff Bergman has inherited many of his roles.
10. Mark Hamill
The Voice Of: The Joker, Fire Lord Ozai
While still most widely known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, Mark Hamill has also made a name for himself in voice acting, with a particular penchant for bringing to life animated villains. By far, his most popular voice role is that of The Joker in the DC Animated Universe, beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Other roles include Captain Stickybeard on Codename: Kids Next Door, the evil Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more recently, Alvin The Treacherous in the Dreamworks: Dragons series.
As well as his commitments to the new Star Wars films, Hamill will soon be returning to his role as The Joker in the upcoming animated adaption of classic Batman comic, The Killing Joke.