Famous Actors Who Voiced Famous Characters

I can’t imagine a better acting gig than voiceover work. You get to roll out of bed and head straight to the studio where you don’t have to spend hours in wardrobe or makeup. You speak some lines into a microphone, collect your paycheck and call it a day. It’s no wonder so many famous actors have loaned their voices to animated shows, movies, and video games. Here are 15 stars that you may have recognized as the voices of some of your favorite animated characters over the years.

John Cusack

Is it possible to fall in love with a cartoon character? Because we definitely had a childhood crush on the loveable conman Dmitri in Fox’s Anastasia, largely due to the fact that his voice was provided by the adorable John Cusack. Between Cusack’s dulcet tones and his character’s cute floppy brown hair and strongly drawn jaw, we were smitten. Cusack also loaned his voice to a somewhat less hot titular hunchback in the 2008 animated film Igor.

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Lily Tomlin

A lot of millennials out there probably spent their childhood being schooled on science by Lily Tomlin, who provided the voice of Miss Frizzle on the hit PBS series The Magic School Bus.  Tomlin voiced the kooky elementary school teacher for the show’s entire run from 1994 to 2002 and although we think she’d still be great at it, she was not cast in the upcoming film remake. Instead SNL’s Kate McKinnon will play the role and though we love Tomlin, we have a feeling McKinnon will knock it out of the park.

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Michael Cera

This baby-faced Canadian actor is known for playing Jason Bateman’s son George Michael on the cult-hit sitcom Arrested Development. But before he was falling in love with his cousin Maeby, he was the voice of Brother Bear on the animated kids’ series The Bernstain Bears. Cera also showcased his vocal talents on the pre-school show Rolie Polie Ollie and the tween series Braceface, and recently provided the voice of Robin in the Lego Batman movie.

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