Top 25 Voice Actors of All Time!

by Drive_Home | created - 21 Jun 2012 | updated - 27 Dec 2012 | Public

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.

1. Frank Welker

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Frank Welker was born on March 12, 1946 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Franklin Wendell Welker. He is an actor, known for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

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.

2. Peter Cullen

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Peter Cullen was born on July 28, 1941 in Montreal, Québec, Canada as Peter Claver Cullen. He is an actor, known for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

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.

3. Susan Blu

Actress | The Transformers: The Movie

Susan Blu was born on July 12, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Susan Maria Blupka. She is known for her work on The Transformers: The Movie (1986), Jem (1985) and Cars (2006). She has been married to Tania Themmen since August 2013. She was previously married to Cynthia Songé.

Along with Cullen & Welker, Susan Blu was a goddes of the 1980s.

4. John DiMaggio

Actor | Futurama

John DiMaggio was born on September 4, 1968 in North Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as John William DiMaggio. He is an actor, known for Futurama (1999), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). He has been married to Kate Miller since October 2014.

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!

5. Jim Cummings

Actor | The Princess and the Frog

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 ...

Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Taz, Darkwing Duck, Shredder (TMNT), Pete (Disney), Ioz (Pirates of Dark Water), Louie (Talespin), and Witterquick (Visionaries).

6. Christopher Collins

Actor | The Transformers: The Movie

Christopher Collins was born on August 30, 1949 in Orange, New Jersey, USA as Christopher Lawrence Latta. He was an actor, known for The Transformers: The Movie (1986), The Transformers (1984) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). He was married to Judith Ryan. He died on June 12, 1994 in Ventura,...

Starscream, Wheeljack, Sparkplug! Cobra Commander and Gung-Ho! Darkstorm and Cravex from Visionaries, D'Compose from InHumanoids.

7. Hank Azaria

Actor | The Simpsons

Hank Azaria was born on April 25, 1964 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Henry Albert Azaria. He is an actor, known for The Simpsons (1989), Free Agents (2011) and The Birdcage (1996). He was previously married to Helen Hunt.

8. Michael Bell

Actor | The Transformers: The Movie

Michael Bell was born on July 30, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Transformers: The Movie (1986), Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) and G.I. Joe (1985). He has been married to Victoria Carroll since January 1, 1968. They have one child.

Duke from G.I. Joe; Prowl from Transformers; a slew of others!

9. Jack Angel

Actor | Toy Story

Jack Angel was born on October 24, 1930 in Modesto, California, USA. He is known for his work on Toy Story (1995), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and The Transformers (1984).

Astrotrain and Ultra Magnus from Transformers, Wetsuit from G.I. Joe, Zarkon from Voltron, and Hawkman from Superfriends.

10. June Foray

Actress | Mulan

Legendary voice actress June Foray was born June Lucille Forer on September 18, 1917 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Ida (Robinson) and Maurice Forer, an engineer. Her father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and her mother was of French-Canadian and Lithuanian Jewish descent.

She started in the ...

Has a role in just about every Disney movie/cartoon up until the 90's.

11. Casey Kasem

Actor | Ghostbusters

Casey Kasem was born on April 27, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Kemal Amen Kasem. He was an actor, known for Ghostbusters (1984), The Transformers: The Movie (1986) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). He was married to Jean Kasem and Linda Myers. He died on June 15, 2014 in Gig Harbor, ...

My favorite of his roles: Shaggy and Cliffjumper from Transformers. One of the most distinctive voices in the history of humanity.

12. Charlie Adler

Actor | Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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 ...

13. Don Messick

Actor | The Last Unicorn

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? ...

Scooby-Doo; Ratchet from Transformers

14. Frank Oz

Actor | The Muppet Show

Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary ...

At least half the Muppets, a bunch from Sesame Street, plus the all time great...YODA.

15. Alan Oppenheimer

Actor | Westworld

Alan Oppenheimer was born on April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Alan Louis Oppenheimer. He is an actor, known for Westworld (1973), 9 (2009) and The NeverEnding Story (1984). He was previously married to Marianna Elliott and Marilyn Greenwood.

Skeletor and Man-at-Arms from He-Man; Beachcomber, Warpath, and Seaspray from Transformers; Vanity Smurf

16. Mark Hamill

Actor | Star Wars

Mark Hamill is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) - a role he would reprise in Star Wars: The Force...

Known in the voice-acting world for his unparalleled, incomparable, Joker (sorry, Heath Ledger doesn't come close). He is the DEFINITIVE Joker.

17. Mel Blanc

Actor | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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 ...

18. Dan Gilvezan

Actor | Transformers

Dan Gilvezan was born in south St. Louis, just a stone's throw (although you really shouldn't throw stones) from the legendary Anheuser-Busch brewery. The oldest of three children, Gilvezan's penchant for performing became apparent at an early age when he began charging the neighborhood kids a ...

Bumblebee from Transformers & Spider-Man (and His Amazing Friends).

19. Kevin Conroy

Actor | Batman: The Killing Joke

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 ...

BATMAN!

20. Pamela Adlon

Actress | Better Things

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 (1997) for which she won an Emmy for her role as Bobby Hill.

21. Clancy Brown

Actor | The Shawshank Redemption

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...

Lex Luthor AND Mr. Crabs? Who knew?

22. Dan Castellaneta

Actor | The Simpsons

Dan Castellaneta was born on October 29, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Daniel Louis Castellaneta. He is an actor, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and Space Jam (1996). He has been married to Deb Lacusta since 1987.

23. Dee Bradley Baker

Actor | Phineas and Ferb

Dee Bradley Baker was born on August 31, 1962 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Phineas and Ferb (2007), American Dad! (2005) and Space Jam (1996). He has been married to Michelle Baker since 1990. They have two children.

24. Lorenzo Music

Actor | Rhoda

Lorenzo Music was born on May 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Gerald David Music. He was an actor and writer, known for Rhoda (1974), Carlton Your Doorman (1980) and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967). He was married to Henrietta Music. He died on August 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, ...

Garfield, Tummi Gummi, Peter Venkman from the Real Ghostbusters!

25. Phil LaMarr

Actor | Pulp Fiction

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 MADtv (1995) and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction (1994).

In addition to numerous appearances on stages across the country, in ...