Voice acting is an extremely common—and often overlooked—aspect of our entertainment. Voice actors provide the voices for everything from children’s cartoons to product commercials and even documentaries or other programs. The following are 3 voice actors who have made appearances in front of TV cameras—and not just in the sound booth!
Maurice LaMarche isn’t a household name, but he’s probably familiar in some way or another to most people familiar with popular cartoons. Maurice LaMarche has provided voices for cartoons for over 30 years, and is often considered one of the most active–and successful–voice actors in the industry. His most memorable roles include the role of Brain in the animated show Pinky and the Brain; as well as his role as Kif and Morbo in the animated comedy Futurama; He also voiced Mr. Freeze in the original Batman: The Animated Series.
Less well known is LaMarche’s guest role on The Facts of Life. In 1987, LaMarche appeared in a Halloween episode as a spooky narrator who provided a Vincent Price-like spooky charm to his short, but memorable, TV role.
Tara Strong is one of the most versatile and popular female voice actors in the industry. In addition to roles voicing animated characters on television, Strong has voiced characters in video games, online web series, and feature films. Her most memorable roles include the voice of Timmy Turner in The fairly Odd Parents, the voice of Harley Quinn in the Batman: Arkham City video game, as well as the voice of Twilight Sparkle in the popular Hasbro show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Strong has made several appearances in front of the camera, including a supporting role as a British girl who befriends Sabrina Spellmen in the film Sabrina Down Under, part of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch franchise.
John DiMaggio has a distinctive voice that many will recognize; in addition to less well-known roles, such as The Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood, DiMaggio is best known for his role as Bender in the comedy series Futurama.
Although his distinctive voice makes for great character work, DiMaggio has only made a few TV appearances. His TV roles are typically cameos and small walk-on roles in shows such as Without a Trace; My Name is Earl, and most recently Modern Family.