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Fun Facts About The Voices On SpongeBob SquarePants

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SpongeBob SquarePants is a zany kid's show on Nickelodeon full of interesting and unique characters like Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Crabs, Sandy, and of course, SpongeBob himself. Just like its cast of cartoon characters, the voice actors who portray them are equally funny and intriguing. This list is filled with fun facts about the people who make the sea creatures that live in Bikini Bottom come to life each episode. 

It's not just Tom Kenny - the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants - who brings tons of personality and pizazz to the show. Even the tertiary characters are voiced by rad people, and SpongeBob has been the host to many famous celebrity guest stars. If you're looking to finally answer, once and for all, the question, "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" this list will provide you with fun facts, trivia answers, and more! 

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    SpongeBob Is Married To Karen In Real Life

    Tom Kenny, the voice actor responsible for your favorite absorbent, yellow, porous friend under the sea is real-life married to Jill Talley, who voices Plankton's computer wife, Karen, on the show. The two first appeared together on Fox's sketch comedy show, The Edge, in 1993.

    They were also on Mr. Show from 1995-1998, after tying the knot in 1995. They have two children together, Mack (born in 1997), and Nora (born in 2003). 

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    The Voice Of Mermaid Man Is A Legendary Thespian

    The Voice Of Mermaid Man Is A Legendary Thespian
    Photo: JO1 MARK D. FARAM, USN / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    The voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob was provided by Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine. Before he passed in 2012, he was a very talented, acclaimed actor. He's had roles in many films, such as The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, and Escape from New York.

    In his lifetime, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards. He also served in the American Navy.

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    Three Different People Have Voiced The "MY LEG!" Guy

    Three Different People Have Voiced The "MY LEG!" Guy
    Video: YouTube

    Fred the Fish began as a background fish who grew into one of the main supporting characters on the show. He now has a backstory, a family, and many subplots devoted to his character. Mostly though, he's the fish that always yells "My leg!" when anything goes wrong. Three different actors play this guy, depending on the occasion.

    Their names are Dee Bradely Baker, Doug Lawrence, and Tom F. Wilson. Tom Kenny himself even has a credit as Fred "My leg!" the Fish.

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    Whenever They're Able, All Of The Voice Actors Get Together To Do A Taping

    Whenever They're Able, All Of The Voice Actors Get Together To Do A Taping
    Video: YouTube

    Most animated films or TV series typically do each voice actor's recording separately, keeping in mind the scheduling needs of each actor. Each individual voice actor will record in their own private booth, and the recordings are sometimes done days or even weeks apart. On the set of SpongeBob, however, the voice actors try to get together to do their recordings as often as possible. Carolyn Lawrence, the voice of Sandy Cheeks, told

    "On SpongeBob SquarePants and Jimmy Neutron they try to have the whole cast record together whenever possible. When the whole cast is there, I love it, because all the actors get to play off one another. When I think about it, I would have to say, that is my favorite way of working. Although, occasionally, if a character is really complicated, it can be good to record alone, because it is easier to achieve a higher level of concentration or focus."
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