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The Top Nine Characters You Didn't Know Shared the Same Voice

by Theta1138   May 03, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 25,924

One of the great pleasures when watching movies is being able to say "Hey! It's that guy!" Recognizing actors from a kid's show playing, say, a horrible murderer in an R-rated movie adds an extra level of fun. Luckily, there are only so many voice actors, and we did the research to find the nine strangest different roles actors have taken.

Source: Sunbow Productions/Hanna-Barbera Productions

By Dan Seitz


9. Marcus Fenix and Bender

Source: Epic Games/20th Century Fox Television

Marcus, the manliest man's man in video games, has his gruff, rough voice supplied by John DiMaggio. DiMaggio also happens to be responsible for everybody's favorite drunken robot.  Although, sadly, Marcus Fenix has yet to invite the Locusts to bite his shiny metal ass, but we can always pray for a cross-over.  "Good news, everyone!  I've discovered an alternate dimension that mixes chainsaws and machine guns!"


8. Starscream and Mr. Burns

Source: Sunbow Productions/20th Century Fox Television

Chris Latta is the voice of that brilliant Iago of late-'80s cartoons, Starscream.  We're pretty sure that pretty much all of the butt-kissing, two-faced, back-stabbing flunkies in pop culture post-Transformers have Starscream as their grand-daddy, especially Dwight Schrute.  In addition, Chris held up Kramer on Seinfeld, was in the manliest movie ever (Road House), and he even had a successful stand-up career.  He was also such a wild guy that to record Starscream's voice he had to get bailed out of jail on a few occasions.

And just to put the cherry on the top of this sundae of minor cultural influence, he was the voice of none other than Mr. Burns from The Simpsons in the first season.  We know, you'd think he'd be Smithers, but we guess he got a promotion.


7. Stimpy and Half the Cast of Futurama

Source: Nickelodeon/20th Century Fox Television

Billy West is, not unreasonably, considered the second hardest working voice actor in show business.  His career includes everybody from Elmer Fudd to Bi-Polar Bear from something called Queer Duck: The Movie.  You probably know him best, though, as Stimpson J. Cat of the brilliant, ahead-of-its-time cartoon/pure nightmare fuel Ren and Stimpy.  But if you're a fan of Futurama, then you actually probably know him better as the voice of Professors Zoidberg and Farnsworth, Leo Wong, and about half of the cast beyond that.  Yes, now you have a shellfish singing the Log jingle in your head.  That happened to us when we realized this.  You get used to it.


6. Megatron and Fred from Scooby-Doo

Source: Sunbow Productions/Hanna-Barbera Productions

Frank Welker has more credits than a hacked arcade machine, and for a reason.  Frank Welker is such a good voice actor, Hollywood studios bring him in to voice animals because he can do a better performance.  Yes, this man can not only bark just like a dog, he can actually bark better than real live dogs.  And he gets paid incredibly well to do it, no less.

He also gets paid to voice cartoon characters, and as a result, he created the voice we know and love for the eminently hissable bad guy, Megatron.

But before that, he voiced Fred from Scooby-Doo.  No, we're not kidding.  That loser in the ascot and the inexplicably-defeated badass who turns into a gun?  Same guy.  He's also the voice of Charizard from Pokemon, just in case that hadn't scrambled your brain enough.  Oh, and just in case you thought we weren't going to tie this to Futurama, he's also the voice of Leela's adorable pet Nibbler.


5. Daphne and Mrs. Cartman

Source: Hanna-Barbera Productions/South Park Studios

If you wanted a female voice in cartoons, for a pretty long time you went straight to Mary Kay Bergman.  So, among other voices, she voiced the cartoon girl pretty much every boy felt the first stirrings of puberty over, Daphne.

And now we're going to ruin that for you by telling you she was also the voice of Mrs. Cartman, the hermaphroditic crack whore mother of America's most beloved 10-year-old cartoon anti-Semite.  That smell is your childhood burning!


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