Voice actors, in my opinion, rarely, if ever, get the kudos they deserve. Here's some payback...
I base my opinion of them on bias towards characters, of course, but I have also factored in body of work, the enduring effect of characters (icons, in particular), and distinctiveness of voice.
“ Megatron, Galvetron, Soundwave (Transformers), Fred Jones (Scooby-Doo), Nibbler (Futurama), Uni, Tiamut (Dungeons & Dragons), Hefty Smurf, Jabberjaws, Rock'N'Roll, Wild Bill (G.I. Joe), Mr. Mxyzptlk (Superfriends), Dr. Claw (Inspector Gadget), Scooter (GoBots), Bigtime Beagle (Ducktales), Ray Stantz, Slimer (Real Ghostbusters), and Kermit (Muppetbabies) are just A FEW of the shows that I recall from my childhood with this god-of-voice-acting. Then consider EVERYTHING else he's done. Number One, hands-down. ” - Drive_Home
“ Optimus Prime, Ironhide (Transformers), Venger (Dungeons & Dragons), Coran, Narrator (Voltron), Zandar (G.I. Joe), Eddie (Ghostbusters), Cindarr (Visionairies), Narrator, Ramrod (Saber Rider), Monterey Jack (Chip'N'Dale's Rescue Rangers), and Eeyore...to name a few. ” - Drive_Home
“ Along with Cullen & Welker, Susan Blu was a goddes of the 1980s. ” - Drive_Home
“ DiMaggio OWNS just about every cartoon currenty on TV. Seriously. Bender Bending Rodriguez is one of my all time favorite characters. Period. Plus, he's Wakka from Final Fantasy X! ” - Drive_Home
Born James Jonah Cummings on November 3, 1952, he grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. Sooner or later, he moved to New Orleans. There, he designed Mardi Gras floats, was a singer, door-to-door salesman, and a Louisiana riverboat deckhand. Then Cummings moved to Anaheim, California, where he started his career playing Lionel from the program Dumbo's Circus
“ Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Taz, Darkwing Duck, Shredder (TMNT), Pete (Disney), Ioz (Pirates of Dark Water), Louie (Talespin), and Witterquick (Visionaries). ” - Drive_Home
“ Starscream, Wheeljack, Sparkplug! Cobra Commander and Gung-Ho! Darkstorm and Cravex from Visionaries, D'Compose from InHumanoids. ” - Drive_Home
“ Duke from G.I. Joe; Prowl from Transformers; a slew of others! ” - Drive_Home
“ Astrotrain and Ultra Magnus from Transformers, Wetsuit from G.I. Joe, Zarkon from Voltron, and Hawkman from Superfriends. ” - Drive_Home
June Foray was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 18. Various years of birth have been given for her--1917, 1919, 1920 and 1925--but 1917 seems to be the most plausible, since it was attributed to her in an interview that she did in 2000 when The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
was released. The 1920 US Federal Census shows June Lucille Forer (Foray) living with her family in Massachusetts...
“ Has a role in just about every Disney movie/cartoon up until the 90's. ” - Drive_Home
“ My favorite of his roles: Shaggy and Cliffjumper from Transformers. One of the most distinctive voices in the history of humanity. ” - Drive_Home
Charles is an Emmy Award winning Dialogue Director, Annie Award Acting Nominee, Dramalogue Winning Actor, Helen Hayes Award Acting Nominee and Casting Director. Successfully going from genre to genre, he has lent his Dialogue Direction talents to the remake of "The Nutty Professor" starring legend Jerry Lewis...
Don Messick is a legendary voice actor who spent his entire adult-hood in entertainment. He started out wanting to be a ventriloquist. Thankfully for cartoon lovers that career didn't pan out. How do you think his potential career would've stacked up against Edgar Bergen and later, Paul Winchell? No matter...
“ Scooby-Doo; Ratchet from Transformers ” - Drive_Home
“ At least half the Muppets, a bunch from Sesame Street, plus the all time great...YODA. ” - Drive_Home
“ Skeletor and Man-at-Arms from He-Man; Beachcomber, Warpath, and Seaspray from Transformers; Vanity Smurf ” - Drive_Home
Mark Richard Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne (Johnson) and William Thomas Hamill, a captain in the United States Navy. He grew up in California, Virginia, New York and Japan. He majored in drama at Los Angeles City College and made his acting debut on The Bill Cosby Show
“ Known in the voice-acting world for his unparalleled, incomparable, Joker (sorry, Heath Ledger doesn't come close). He is the DEFINITIVE Joker. ” - Drive_Home
Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" 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. The legendary specialist from radio programs...
“ Bumblebee from Transformers & Spider-Man (and His Amazing Friends). ” - Drive_Home
Kevin Conroy was born on November 30, 1955 in Westbury, New York. At age 17, Kevin earned a full scholarship to attend Juilliard's drama division, where he studied under actor John Houseman
. In 1978, after graduating from Juilliard, he toured with "The Acting Company", Houseman's acting group, and in 1979...
“ BATMAN! ” - Drive_Home
Pamela Adlon comes from an acting family and began her career in television in 1983. She has appeared in many popular TV shows, including as a voice actress in a number of animated TV series including, most famously, King of the Hill
for which she won an Emmy for her role as Bobby Hill.
A tall, wavy-haired US actor with a deep, resonant voice, Clancy Brown has proved himself a versatile performer with first-class contributions to theater, feature films, television series and even animation. Clarence J. Brown III was born in 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, to Joyce Helen (Eldridge), a concert pianist...
“ Lex Luthor AND Mr. Crabs? Who knew? ” - Drive_Home
“ Garfield, Tummi Gummi, Peter Venkman from the Real Ghostbusters! ” - Drive_Home
A Los Angeles native, Phil is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School, Yale University and The Groundlings Theater and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of "Mad TV" and as "Marvin" in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances on stages across the country, in films and on TV...