14 Classic Animated Voice Performances You Didn't Realize You Knew From Live-Action Roles

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This week on "Where do I know that voice from?", we're looking at some classic animated voice performances you didn't realize you recognized from live-action roles. These are not just characters voiced by well-known actors, but specifically characters voiced by actors primarily known for one particular live-action role. Hence, Tom Hanks in Toy Story will not apply to this list.

Sometimes you'll recognize a voice from an animated character but can't put your finger on where you've heard it, especially when the actor is only known for one other particular role. So, we're here to jog your memory and remind you where you heard that classic voice performance before.


  • Chris Sarandon is most known for his last name, now held by renowned actress (and his ex-wife) Susan Sarandon, but Chris still has a couple of important film credits of his own.

    He appeared as Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon and Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night, but he's remembered mostly for playing the cocky Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride and Halloweentown's Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

    854 votes
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    Amos Slade From 'The Fox and the Hound' Is Grandpa Joe From 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (Jack Albertson)

    It makes perfect sense that the evil, grumpy Amos Slade from The Fox and the Hound is voiced by Jack Albertson, who played the equally grumpy Grandpa Joe from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    Slade ended up being Alberton's final performance before his passing in 1981, but he'll always be remembered for his part in both films. 

    650 votes
  • If anyone deserves to be on this list, it's Ben Burtt. Burtt is a sound designer who was hired to work on the sound effects for 1977's Star Wars (and all of its sequels) and inadvertently became the "voice" of one of cinema's most famous robots, R2-D2. He created the beeps and whistles for R2-D2, as well as the well-known lightsaber hum effect.

    It's only fitting that, years later, he would also design and voice another well-known robot, WALL-E.

    631 votes
  • The name Jerry Orbach may not sound the least bit familiar to you, but if you're a fan of Beauty and the Beast or Law & Order, you're a fan of his work.

    Jerry played the charismatic singing candelabra, Lumiere, in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as the wise-cracking detective, Lennie Briscoe, on Law & Order from 1992 until his passing in 2004.

    825 votes
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    Baymax From 'Big Hero 6' Is Pete Hornberger From '30 Rock' (Scott Adsit)

    The voice behind the lovable, inflatable robot, Baymax, from Big Hero 6 is actually none other than Scott Adsit, who played producer Pete Hornberger on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

    While Scott has been appearing in television and films since the 1990s, Baymax and Hornberger are the two characters in his career he's likely to be recognized for thus far.

    381 votes
  • Fitz Grant, Olivia Pope's main love interest - and president of the United States - in the ABC series Scandal was played by Tony Goldwyn, the same actor who voiced Tarzan in Disney's Tarzan.

    If you couldn't place why President Grant's deep, soothing voice sounded so familiar, now you know!

    432 votes