I once had the opportunity to interview Mr. Welker, the highest-grossing actor of all-time, who has appeared on seemingly every animated show ever created: “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Scooby Do, Where Are You?,” “Animanics,” “Beetlejuice,” “Family Guy,” “Futurama” (he’s Nibbler), “Robot Chicken,” and many more . It was only an e-mail interview, so I didn’t actually get to hear him speak, but that was fine by me: I’d rather he save his voice on something more important than a silly interview with a stupid “journalist”—like being the voice of another generation’s childhood.
Not-So-Memorable Role: Seig Heil the spider monkey from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Like most of the people on this list, you’ve probably never heard of Barry Gordon, but you’ve almost certainly listened to his voice at some point. Not only did he play Donatello and Bebop in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (it must have been weird when he was fighting himself), but he’s also the current Nesquik Rabbit. You now have a perfectly good reason to hate Mr. Barry Gordon, along with the fact that at the age of six he recorded “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” a song that tries to be as cute as a corgi but ends up as putrid as a puli.
Not-So-Memorable Role: Roger Hightower on “A Family for Joe”
I sometimes think that voice acting must be the greatest work in the world. It’s tough, sure, but it’s not as tough as on-screen acting—plus, once you’ve made it, like LaMarche has, and if you’re good, like LaMarche is, you’re almost guaranteed to get roles until you retire. LaMarche is the voice of Kif/Morbo/Calculon from “Futurama,” the Brain from “Pinky and the Brain,” Toucan Sam and Pepe LePew in Space Jam, Orson Welles on “The Critic,” and Egon on “The Real Ghostbusters,” a show with the dream cast of Frank Welker as Ray and Slimer, Dave Coulier as Venkman, and Arsenio Hall as Winston. ROO ROO ROO
Not-So-Memorable Role: Ketchuck on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series
Honorable Mention(s) (Live Action/Cartoon Splits)
In “Superman: The Animated Series,” Daly voiced Clark Kent/Superman, the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way. In “The Sopranos,” Daly played J.T. Dolan, a former drug addict forced to write the screenplay for Christopher’s movie, Cleaver, before SPOILER…
…getting popped in the head by Christopher. Now that’s the American way.
Steve Urkel was basically a cartoon character: he had an increasingly obnoxious catchphrase and the way his body moved defied the laws of physics, as seen here—he was even on cereal boxes and t-shirts. So it’s not surprising that the actor who portrayed him, Jaleel White, would try for a voice actor career, too, which he found success with, portraying the titular hedgehog on “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” for 65 episodes.