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10 Actors You Forgot Also Voiced Cartoon Characters

Whether starring in a major motion picture or a popular television series, actors can easily become recognized by their faces to become household names. When an actor lends their voice to an animated role, it becomes more difficult to imagine the face behind the cartoon unless they have a distinct, unique voice.

While animated movies like Frozen and Sing contain notable all-star casts, there are roles that have gone almost unnoticed by audiences. From smaller roles early in their careers to major characters, these actors have voiced some pretty familiar cartoon characters that are often forgotten by audiences.

Mel Gibson

Split image of Mel Gibson and Adam Smith

Mel Gibson has many blockbuster movies under his belt including Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, and The Patriot. However, many audiences don’t realize he had a starring role in Disney’s controversial Pocahontas. Voicing the famous explorer Captain John Smith, he falls in love with Chief Powhatan’s daughter, after arriving with the English settlers to explore the New World. Gibson has stated he even provided vocals for John Smith’s singing (via Entertainment Weekly).
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Though he was unable to reprise his role in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, his younger brother, Donal Gibson, would take over voicing John Smith. However, Mel Gibson would continue to flex his voice-acting muscles for Chicken Run as a rooster named Rocky who must teach the chickens how to fly.

Jaleel White

Jaleel White as Urekel and Sonic the Hedgehog

Jaleel White is best known for portraying the ultimate nerd, Steve Urkel, in the poorly aged series Family Matters. The image of White in suspenders, high waters, and thick glasses asking, “Did I do that?” is burned into the memories of an entire generation as he annoys the Winslow family for nine seasons.
However, White also went on to voice Sonic the Hedgehog in three separate series about the popular video game character: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993), Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1994), and Sonic Underground (1999) for a combined 131 episodes and 1 Christmas special. At the 2019 Toronto ComiCon, White revealed he was not offended he wasn’t asked to reprise his role for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie because choosing him for the animated series was a marketing move by ABC (via YouTube).


Split image of Fergie & Sally Brown

Before joining the Black Eyed Peas and releasing a string of hits, Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson) was acting on the children’s series Kids, Incorporated from 1984 to 1989. Since then, she has voiced a handful of animated characters. In the ‘80s, Fergie voiced Sally Brown, the sister of Charlie Brown in It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown, and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
Fergie’s list of animated characters is just as long as her musical releases. In recent years, Fergie has voiced multiple characters on The Cleveland Show as well as characters on Rocket Power, Fanboy & Chum Chum, and Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil. She has also had voice roles in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa as a hippo and as a rough collie in 2010’s Marmaduke.

Jeff Goldblum

Split image of Jeff Goldblum & Verminous Skumm

Jeff Goldblum is most known for his role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the Jurassic Park franchise. With other acting credits including Independence Day, The Fly, and Earth Girls Are Easy, Goldblum has also ventured into a few animated roles. He voiced Verminous Skumm, the part-human part-rat villain in the first season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers in 1990.
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Goldblum would later add his voice to the biblical animated movie The Prince of Egypt as Aaron, the biological brother of Moses. He has also had a string of guest appearances on shows like The Simpsons, Crank Yankers, and What If…? while also lending his voice to the Jurassic Park and Independence Day video games. Jeff Goldblum has an identifiable, deep voice that lends itself well to voice roles.

Jessica Walter

Split image of Jessica Walter and Malory Archer

Jessica Walter had a recognizable voice to audiences. She famously portrayed the matriarch of the Bluth family, Lucille Bluth, on Arrested Development. The sitcom saved by Netflix finds Lucille abusing alcohol, manipulating her children, and masterminding all of the Bluth Company’s illegal activities. Walter’s portrayal was perfect as she embodied the narcissistic mother with ease.
Though audiences will recognize her voice as Malory Archer in the animated series, Archer, she also lent her voice to Dinosaurs from 1991-1994. As Fran Sinclair the Allosaurus, the stay-at-home mom felt unappreciated by her family. Though not actually animated, the series used puppetry to create the dinosaurs to entertain audiences of all ages and depict topical subjects including women’s rights, sexual harassment, and body image.

Michael Cera

Split image of Michael Cera and LEGO Batman & Robin

Before his breakout roles in Arrested Development and Superbad, Michael Cera was lending his voice to several animated children’s series. In 2001, he voiced Josh Spitz on Braceface opposite Alicia Silverstone for 40 episodes as Sharon’s little brother who always plays the piano to the annoyance of his family. Cera later voiced Brother Bear on The Berenstain Bears series adapted from the classic children’s books for the first 2 seasons.
More recently, Cera has continued voice work and can be found in Sausage Party as Barry, a shorter-than-normal hotdog who just wants to be a normal hotdog and see what is beyond the grocery store’s doors. Audiences will also recognize his voice as Robin alongside his Arrested Development costar, Will Arnett, in The Lego Batman Movie.

Vin Diesel

Split image of Vin Diesel & Iron Giant

Known for his starring role in the Fast and Furious franchise, Vin Diesel is a major action star. Diesel even appears in a video game voicing Milo Burik in the action-adventure video game Wheelman. With films like XXX, Pitch Black, and The Chronicles of Riddick under his belt, audiences will have forgotten that he voiced the titular character in the 1999 animated film The Iron Giant.
Though the metal giant is unable to speak at the beginning of the film, he gains his voice by the end. Producer Allison Abbate stated they “needed a deep, resonant and expressive voice” for the character so Diesel brought the heartwarming charming the giant needed. Vin Diesel loses that famous, deep voice to portray Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxymovies.


Flea and Donnie from The Wild Thornberrys

Flea may be most known for being the bassist in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but he actually as a long list of acting credentials with everything from portraying Needles in two Back to the Future movies to Vect Nokru in two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Flea has a few smaller voice roles in American Dad! and Sherriff Callie’s Wild West.
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The musician has famously lent his voice to The Wild Thornberrys as Donnie, the feral child adopted by the adventuring family. The character was raised by an orangutan, so Flea never has any real dialogue other than constant gibberish and noises to communicate, making for some hilarious moments as the family tries to understand him.

Brittany Murphy

Split image of Brittany Murphy & Luanne Platter

Brittany Murphy’s voice experience is small in comparison to her extensive list of romantic comedies and dramas like Clueless and Girl, Interrupted. In 2006, she voiced Gloria in Happy Feet as the penguin Elijah Wood’s Mumble falls in love with. Her most notable voice work can be found in King of the Hill as Luanne Platter, the niece of Peggy who moves into the den of the Hill home.
Murphy’s voice had a sweetness to it that added to Luanne’s naivety. She portrayed the absent-minded character with ease for 13 seasons before her unexpected death in 2009. With the King of the Hill revival in the works, it remains to be seen if Luanne will be included and recast, mentioned by name only, or excluded entirely.

Miley Cyrus

Split image of Miley Cyrus and Penny in Bolt

Miley Cyrus became a household name for her portrayal of the titular character in Hannah Montana. Once the show was over, Cyrus pivoted almost entirely to music. Though she has had a few guest-starring roles on shows like Black Mirror and Two and a Half Men, audiences have probably forgotten she was the voice of Penny in Disney’s Bolt in 2008.
Though the animated movie isn’t often mentioned, Bolt actually has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89% on the Tomatometer. Adding Cyrus to the cast at the height of her Disney popularity was a great marketing move. Not only did her voice work with the character, but she also added another level of emotion relatable to young audiences with pets.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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