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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 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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