Christine Cavanaugh

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Not to be confused with Christine Kavanagh.
Christine Cavanaugh
Born (1963-08-16) August 16, 1963 (age 51)
Layton, Utah
Occupation Voice actress
Years active 1986–2001

Christine Cavanaugh (born August 16, 1963) is a former American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and had provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She is best known as the voice of the title character in the 1995 film Babe, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and as the original voices of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and Dexter in Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory. In 2001, she retired from voice acting for maternal reasons.

Early life[edit]

Born in Layton, Utah, Cavanaugh spent much time watching television shows such as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Rhoda. Her mother fell ill and died when Cavanaugh was 15.[1] She moved to Los Angeles, California, to become an actress and ended up doing voice work for a friend's film. She married a financial analyst named Kevin.[1]


In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter on Disney's Darkwing Duck as well as the voice of Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats and later, in 1994, the voice of Oblina, one of the three main monster-students on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

Cavanaugh could also be heard on The Critic as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman's son. Her voice credits also include the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Hercules: The Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, and Recess, as well as the voice of Birdie in McDonald's commercials. In the early 1990s, Cavanaugh also served as an announcer for The Disney Channel for "coming up next" bumpers.

In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig.[2] She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided the salary was not enough (the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, who voices Tommy Pickles).[3]

Also in 1995, she started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, which began as a short under Cartoon Network's What A Cartoon! show and later became the first short to be adapted into its own series for Cartoon Network. Cavanaugh later won an Annie Award in 2000 for her voice performance as Dexter in the hour-long TV special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip.[4] After her retirement from voice acting, she was replaced by Candi Milo as the voice of Dexter and by Nancy Cartwright (her co-star in The Critic) as the voice of Chuckie in Rugrats.

Cavanaugh also guest starred on several TV shows including Salute Your Shorts, Cheers, Empty Nest, Wings, The X-Files, Everybody Loves Raymond and ER and had supporting roles in the feature films Soulmates and Jerry Maguire.


Year Work Role Notes
1987 David and the Magic Pearl David
1989 P.J. Funnybunny Ritchie Raccoon ABC Weekend Specials, credited as Chris Cavenaugh
1991–1992 Darkwing Duck Gosalyn Mallard
1991–2001 Rugrats Chuckie Finster
1992 Raw Toonage Gosalyn Mallard
Gramps Alien Kid #2
1993 Recycle Rex Additional voices
Sonic the Hedgehog Bunnie Rabbot
A Flintstone Family Christmas Stony
1994–1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Oblina
1994–1995 The Critic Marty Sherman
1994 Aladdin Additional voices
Beethoven Additional voices
1995 Babe Babe
Balto Additional voices Uncredited
1995–2001 Dexter's Laboratory Dexter Played only a few early season 3 episodes, Candi Milo played the rest of the third season.
1996 P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter Ritchie Raccoon credited as Chris Cavanaugh
101 Dalmatians: The Series Dumpling, Wizzer
The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional voices
Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Oblina CD-Rom
Cave Kids Bamm-Bamm Rubble
1997 King of the Hill Bobby Hill (additional dialogue only), Pamela Adlon regularly performed his voice.
Recess Library Kid, Digger #2, Sue Bob Murphy
Unbeatable Harry Additional voices
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Alcides
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Birdie the Early Bird Direct-to-video film
Rugrats: Search for Reptar Chuckie Finster Video game
The Powerpuff Girls Bunny, Bud Smith
The Rugrats Movie Chuckie Finster
The Wild Thornberrys Short Tail Macqaque
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip Dexter, D22, Old Man Dexter TV film
The Brothers Flub Valerina
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island Birdie Direct-to-video film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space Birdie Direct-to-video film
Sing Me a Story with Belle Carol the Book Worm
2000 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Dexter
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Chuckie Finster
2001 Rugrats: Still Babies After All These Years Chuckie Finster TV documentary
The Rugrats: All Grown Up Chuckie Finster TV film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday World Birdie Direct-to-video film
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Birdie Direct-to-video film


Year TV Series/Film Role Other notes
1990 Cheers Terry Gardner Episode # 8.24: "Mr. Otis Regrets"
1991 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episodes: "They Call Me Ms. Tibbs", "Mail Carrier Mona"
Empty Nest Kimberly Episode # 4.7: "Country Weston"
1992 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episode: "Park Ranger Mona"
Herman's Head Martha Fitzer Episode # 2.13: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer"
1993 Wings Fan Episode # 4.17: "I Love Brian"
1994 Wild Oats Kathee
1995 Little Surprises Pepper Short
Down, Out & Dangerous Leslie McCoy TV film
1996 Jerry Maguire Mrs. Remo Credited as Christina Cavanaugh
1997 Delivery Bridgette
Soulmates Anna Weisland
The X-Files Amanda Nelligan Episode # 4.20: "Small Potatoes"
Everybody Loves Raymond Erin Episode # 2.12: "All I Want for Christmas"
1998 You Lucky Dog Bernice TV film
2000 ER Gloria Episode # 7.3: "Mars Attacks"


  1. ^ a b Moore, Scott (July 21, 1996). "Out of the Mouth of 'Babe'". The Washington Post. p. Y06.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Moret, Jim (August 7, 1995). "'Babe' the pig really sizzles". CNN Showbiz News (CNN). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (December 18, 2001). "A Voice Actor Speaks for Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 

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