10 Best Disney Voice Actors

Friday, July 22 by Thomas West

The Walt Disney Company has developed quite a reputation for producing some of the best animated family films ever made, and none of these would be possible without the 10 best Disney voice actors who provide the voices to those beloved cartoon characters.  Although some of these men and women are no longer with us, their classic voices continue to enchant fans of Disney.

  1. David Ogden Stiers- Although perhaps best known for his performance in the popular series “M*A*S*H,” David Ogden Stiers later established himself as a substantially talented voice actor for several Disney films.  He was the voice of the fussy clock Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast,” and also as the voice of the villain Ratcliffe in “Pocahontas.”
  2. Tony Jay- With his distinctive deep voice, Tony Jay has become famous as a Disney voice actor, particularly portraying Disney’s greatest villains.  Among his more famous roles is Frollo, the villainous, cruel, and manipulative judge from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  Without him, some of Disney’s great villains wouldn’t be possible.
  3. Wayne Allwine- Everyone knows about the classic character Mickey Mouse, but fewer people know about the man who provided his voice for many years, Wayne Allwine.  Voicing Mickey in such famous movies as “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” Wayne Allwine provided the voice of Mickey in all of his more recent manifestations, until his death in 2009.
  4. Tony Anselmo- Like Allwine, Tony Anselmo is the voice actor that gives life to the classic character of Donald Duck, one of Disney’s other most memorable characters.  With his distinctive voice talents—which truly set him apart—Tony Anselmo deserves his reputation as one of Disney’s finest voice actors still working.
  5. Clarence Nash- It was Clarence Nash who originally provided the voice of Donald Duck, and if you watch any of the classic cartoons featuring the duck, his is most likely the voice that you will hear.  His last production as the voice of Donald Duck was “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” which came out in 1983.
  6. Eva Gabor- Although she was best known for her glamorous star persona, the dazzling Eva Gabor was also well-known for being a voice actor for Disney.  She was the voice of Duchess in the film “The Aristocats” and she would also provide the voice of Miss Bianca in the classic films “The Rescuers” and “The Rescuers Down Under.”
  7. Jodi Benson- If enjoyed the fantastic musical numbers in “The Little Mermaid,” then you have heard the voice of Jodi Benson.  With her signature singing voice, she has provided the voice of Ariel for numerous productions, including the popular Disney animated series “House of Mouse.”
  8. Alan Young- If you have ever enjoyed watching “Ducktales” or “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” then you have heard this voice actor for Disney, who has continued to provide the voice of Scrooge McDuck.  Without that distinctive Scottish burr, we would not have the delightfully crotchety (yet eminently lovable) duck that we currently have.
  9. Pat Carroll- Although she has established herself as a star of stage and screen, Pat Carroll has also become well-known for providing the voice of one of Disney’s most memorable villains, the obese sea witch Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.”  With her distinctive hoarse voice, Carroll was the perfect person to play the voice of this villain, and her voice helped establish the film as a classic.
  10. Paul Winchell- Althoug Paul Winchell provided many voices for various other cartoons (including “The Smurfs”) his most high-profile role was as the original voice of Tigger from the film “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”  Indeed, he would provide the voice of the bouncy character well into the 1990s, and as such he provided several generations of children with hours of joy.
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COMMENTS

  1. July 22, 2011 11:17 pm

    What_about_Cummings

    WOW!  How can you miss Jim Cummings.  From the current Winnie and Tigger to voice overs for John Smith in Pochahontas 2 to Ray in Princess and the Frog, Mr. Cummings is all about voice acting for Disney!


  2. July 22, 2011 11:17 pm

    Enochbranard

    No Keith David?!?