Some of the world’s greatest voice actors

Voice actors bring animated characters to life in a way that just isn’t possible in front of a camera. Some say it’s easier, while others say it’s far more challenging to pour that much emotion into a single delivery channel. Indeed, with no facial expressions to help guide the audience, voice actors must project a believable performance that matches what’s happening on screen.

Mel Blanc (Looney Tunes, Buck Rogers, Gilligan’s Island)

The most famous voice actor didn’t gain the title “The Man of a Thousand Voices” by accident. Rather, he helped pave the way for the future of the voice-acting profession by kicking the door open for a versatile array of talent. Though the number is a bit exaggerated, Blanc did conjure over 400 character voices from his imagination over the course of his career.

Fans know him best as the classic voice of Bugs Bunny, but he also lent his talents to Tom & Jerry, Gilligan’s Island, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Believe it or not, that’s a small grain of sand in the vast beach that made up Blanc’s long and storied career. There will never be another like him.

Frank Welker (The Transformers, Scooby-Doo, Inspector Gadget)

Frank’s list of voice acting credits requires a pair of military-grade binoculars to see. He has lent his voice to just about every property imaginable, but his career really started to take off during the 1970s and 80s. He first made a name for himself as the voice of Fred Jones in the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons, then moved onto such hits as Fred Flintstone and Friends, The Fantastic Four, and Casper and the Angels.

Peter Cullen (Predator, The Transformers, G.I. Joe)

Transformers fans know Peter Cullen best as the timeless, one-and-only voice of Autobot leader Optimus Prime, a character he began voicing in the 1980s. Since that time, Cullen has capitalized on the character’s success multiple times, and he also voiced many other characters from the show, as well.

He’s far from a one-trick pony, however. Cullen got started on the popular Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, before venturing into a plethora of franchises such as G.I. Joe, Gremlins, Voltron, and BraveStarr, to name a few. He’s also the guy responsible for all those creepy noises and ticks made by the titular alien creature in the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic Predator, which is one of the coolest movies in history.

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