We all have our favorite actors and we all have our favorite animated shows. However, have you ever stopped to think that maybe these two things are one in the same. We did some digging and found some pretty interesting stuff. Here is a list of some of our favorite cartoon compatriots that have been given voice by some pretty incredible people.
Mel Gibson – John Smith
Let’s start off with one that may not be so hard to believe, but one that is easily overlooked. Many don’t realize that the voice of Pocahontas’s main squeeze is actually voiced by the volatile Mel Gibson. This may have been Mel’s first time time playing a huge role from off screen, but it wouldn’t be his last. He went on to direct the global phenomenon, The Passion of the Christ during which he had some very unfavorable press surrounding his personal life, but we prefer to remember him as the blue eyed hunk who saved an entire tribe of Native Americans to prove his love and loyalty to his one and only.
Billy West – Phillip J. Fry
So our next celeb is not one many would notice by name, but he has been voicing some our most beloved cartoon characters for the better part of 20 years! Billy West is a voice actor who is best known for his work as the lovable nitwit, Fry, on the animated show Futurama. Big deal, right? Unless you happen to be a fan of the show this probably means nothing to you, but wait, there’s more! Billy West is also the voice of Doug Funny from the nineties cartoon of the same name. He also voiced both Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the live action Looney Tunes movie Space Jam. So whether or not you realized it, Billy West has been entertaining generations with his unique voice and clever inflections.
Flea – Donnie Thornberry
Our next celeb is one you will most likely have heard on the radio instead of the T.V. and the argument could be made that his voice acting didn’t take much talent to execute, but nonetheless he has made our list. Michael Peter Balzary is responsible for the voice of the jungle child, Donnie, on The Wild Thornberry’s. Oh, you don’t know who Michael Peter Balzary is? Yeah, neither did we. How about if we told you that is the birth name of the bassist from the band The Red Hot Chili Peppers who goes by the stagename of Flea. Sound familiar now? We thought it might. Although Donnie’s (Flea) lines mostly consist of random noises and bodily functions it still earns this groovy guy a place on our list.
Vin Diesel – Iron Giant
Next up on our list is everyone’s favorite fast and furious bald badass, Vin Diesel! This action star has filmed movies spanning many genres from action, sci-fi and fantasy and many are also aware of his work as the loveable plant man Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy film adaptations. The role most people forget him in, though, is as the metal monolith in The Iron Giant. Similar to his role as Groot, Vin, didn’t have many lines in this film either, but it was his deep voice and subtle tones that really brought the Giant to life. He starred along other mega celebs Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr. in the movie which are two other actors we could add to the list, but you can have those two for free!
Jay Leno – The Crimson Chin
There have been many late night show hosts throughout the years and right now we are seeing some new faces emerge and a few fade away into blissful retirement, which brings us to our next celeb. Jay Leno is best known as the former host of The Tonight Show and for his comedically obtrusive chin. Leno has always proved to be a good sport about these jokes and the proof lies in Leno’s acceptance to voice the superhero, The Crimson Chin, in the Nickelodeon cartoon The Fairly Odd Parents. As The Crimson Chin Jay fought off hordes of bad guys in an effort to keep the city safe and maybe, just maybe, Leno is trying to pursue this dream in real life and that’s why he left his chair to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.
Alexander Gould – Nemo
The world was introduced to the Botwin family on Showtime’s hit show, Weeds, in 2005. One character in particular that evolved quite dramatically throughout the show’s tenure was the youngest son Shane, played by Alexander Gould. We saw Shane lose his innocence as he struggled through his family’s harsh lifestyle, but before all that Alex voiced everyone’s favorite missing clown fish, Nemo! In 2003 a very young Gould was chosen to tell the story of poor Nemo’s journey from the safety of his home all the way to a fishtank in an Australian dentist’s office. Try watching Weeds now that you know who Shane really is, trust us, you can never go back!
J.K. Simmons – The Yellow M&M
Ok, so this next character may not be from an actual show, but he is probably one of the most iconic cartoon pals on the list. J.K. Simmons is probably most recognized as the State Farm insurance guy or as the fast talking Editor J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy. However, he has been voicing the peanut M&M since 1996 and has been so effective at it most would never guess it was actually him. Even after his Oscar win for his role in Whiplash to us he will always be our friend the nutty M&M. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, the red M&M is voiced by none other than Billy West! You know the second guy on the list? This is what we like to call going full circle.