Creating a believable fictional persona requires a lot of talent and skill. Relying purely on your voice to bring a character to life can be one of the most challenging tasks for any actor. The steady rise of animation as a medium has given birth to a voice-over industry that relies on specialist actors to bring characters to life. There are many actors who have become legends within this sphere, acting as the silent faces behind some of the most beloved animated characters. Here is a list of 20 actors that have managed to make a mark on the entertainment industry by relying on their excellent voice-over acting skills.
‘The Looney Tunes’ are probably the most famous band of cartoon characters to grace our television screens. Their two most beloved characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, were voiced by the genius voice-over actor Mel Blanc. He is widely regarded as the greatest voice-over actors of all time.
Billy West has brought to life numerous animated characters over the past few decades and is one of the most renowned voice-over actors of all time. Some of his best work includes his time as Ren and Stimpy on the ‘Ren and Stimpy Show’ as well as voicing Philip J. Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth and Zapp Brannigan on ‘Futurama’.