Notable Voice Actors

I don't know about you, but I get a peaceful easy feeling knowing Sam the Butcher (Allan Melvin) was the voice of Magilla Gorilla. I could care less that Tim Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear, but I'm often fascinated when I hear that someone familiar voiced a cartoon character from the 1960's or 1970's. Here's some other familiar names who provided voices to some of my favorite animated characters.

Sally Struthers (Gloria on "All in the Family") was the voice of Pebbles Flintstone on "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show"

Radio DJ Casey Kasem was the voice of Shaggy on "Scooby-Doo" for 25 years

Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann in The Shining) was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey

Tim Matheson (Otter in Animal House) was the voice of Jace on the original "Space Ghost" and was Jonny on "Jonny Quest"

Cheryl Ladd ("Charlie's Angels) was Josie on a "Josie and the Pussycats" album

Don Adams (Maxwell Smart on "Get Smart") was the voice of Inspector Gadget and Tennessee Tuxedo

“Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice!” was often declared on "Super Friends" by none other than Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show")

Harvey Korman (Blazing Saddles and "The Carol Burnette Show") was the voice of the Great Gazoo on "The Flintstones"

Perhaps most astonishing, the following animated characters were all voiced by the same voice actor, Don Messick: Bamm Bamm Rubble, Astro on "The Jetsons", Papa Smurf, Dr. Benton Quest on "Jonny Quest", Boo Boo Bear, and Scooby-Doo! When I think about it, I should've known this already - each of these voices do sound very much alike.

I'm sure I'm missing a bunch. The Grinch was voiced by Boris Karloff, Jim Backus was Mr. Magoo, and I never even mentioned Mel Blanc.... at any rate, if you've got an interesting one let me know.


  1. Phil Harris's work for Disney - most notably Baloo - is one of my favorites.

    Plus the guy who did the voice work for Garfield, Gummi Bears, and several others. Y'know, what's his face. Soothing voice guy.

    Oh yeah and Mr. "Can't get enough..." Sugar Bear too.

  2. ...and Scatman Crothers was Scat Cat in the Aristocrats.
    Oh, and Paul Winchell is notable of course - Dick Dastardly, Fleegle, Tigger and Gargamel etc.
    For a more up to date voice actor I'd like to mention Harry Goz from Sealab 2021 - great voice.

  3. hooliganyouth- yes, I always kinda wondered what that Garfield guy looked like. That's my next useless personal project - find his name and picture.

    arthur- Of course Gargamel and Tigger are the same voice!... How did I never picked up on that? Excellent comment, thank you.

  4. Ah ha! Lorenzo Music was the voice of Garfield, Tummi Gummi, and one of my heroes Peter Venkman - the animated "Real Ghostbusters" version.

    Odd to think that he was one of the most memorable voices of my youth.

  5. AnonymousJuly 08, 2012

    John Byner as both The Ant and The Aardvark