Christine Cavanaugh

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Not to be confused with Christine Kavanagh.
Christine Cavanaugh
Born Christine Josephine Sandberg
(1963-08-16)August 16, 1963
Layton, Utah, U.S.
Died December 22, 2014(2014-12-22) (aged 51)
Cedar City, Utah, U.S.
Cause of death
Undisclosed causes
Occupation Voice, film, and television actress
Years active 1988–2001
Notable credit(s) Rugrats
as Chuckie Finster
Dexter's Laboratory
as Dexter
Babe
as Babe
Spouse(s) Kevin Cavanaugh (1985–1985; divorced)

Christine Josephine Cavanaugh (née Sandberg; August 16, 1963 – December 22, 2014) was an American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She was 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. On December 22, 2014, she died of undisclosed causes.

Early life and education[edit]

Cavanaugh was born to Rheta Mason (née Sharky) and Waldo Eugene Sandberg.[1] She graduated from Layton High School in 1981. She first attended Utah State University, then the University of Hawaii, where she met her future husband, Kevin Cavanaugh. The couple married in 1985[2] but divorced that same year.[3] Cavanaugh was a Mormon.[4]

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 1995, Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig.[5] She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it and the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, who voices Tommy Pickles.[6] Also in 1995, Cavanaugh 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. She later won an Annie Award in 2000 for her voice performance as Dexter in the hour-long TV special Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip.[7]

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. Cavanaugh abruptly retired from voice acting in 2001 and returned to her native Utah; she cited as her reason a desire to spend time with her family. After her retirement, 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.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Cavanaugh died of undisclosed causes on December 22, 2014 at age 51 at her home in Cedar City, Utah.[8][9]

Voiceography[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
1988 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
1992 Gramps Alien Kid #2
1993 Recycle Rex Additional voices
1993 Sonic the Hedgehog Bunnie Rabbot
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas Stony
1994–1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Oblina
1994–1995 The Critic Marty Sherman
1994 Aladdin Additional voices
1994 Beethoven Additional voices
1995 Babe Babe
1995 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
1996 101 Dalmatians: The Series Dumpling, Wizzer
1996 The Flintstones Christmas in Bedrock Additional voices
1996 Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Oblina CD-Rom
1996 Cave Kids Bamm-Bamm Rubble
1997 King of the Hill Bobby Hill (additional dialogue only), Pamela Adlon regularly performed his voice.
1997 Recess Library Kid, Digger #2, Sue Bob Murphy
1997 Unbeatable Harry Additional voices
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Alcides
1998 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Scared Silly Birdie the Early Bird Direct-to-video film
1998 Rugrats: Search for Reptar Chuckie Finster Video game
1998 The Powerpuff Girls Bunny, Bud Smith
1998 The Rugrats Movie Chuckie Finster
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Short Tail Macqaque
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip Dexter, D22, Old Man Dexter TV film
1999 The Brothers Flub Valerina
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of Grimace Island Birdie Direct-to-video film
1999 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Visitors from Outer Space Birdie Direct-to-video film
1999 Sing Me a Story with Belle Carol the Book Worm
2000 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays Dexter
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Chuckie Finster
2001 Lloyd in Space Charmaine
2001 Rugrats: Still Babies After All These Years Chuckie Finster TV documentary
2001 The Rugrats: All Grown Up Chuckie Finster TV film
2001 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Birthday World Birdie Direct-to-video film
2001 The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: Have Time, Will Travel Birdie Direct-to-video film

Filmography[edit]

Year TV Series/Film Role 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"
1991 Empty Nest Kimberly Episode # 4.7: "Country Weston"
1992 Salute Your Shorts Mona Tibbs Episode: "Park Ranger Mona"
1992 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
1995 Down, Out & Dangerous Leslie McCoy TV film
1996 Jerry Maguire Mrs. Remo Credited as Christina Cavanaugh
1997 Delivery Bridgette
1997 Soulmates Anna Weisland
1997 The X-Files Amanda Nelligan Episode # 4.20: "Small Potatoes"
1997 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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary: Waldo E. Sandberg". Deseret News. September 19, 1999. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Christine Josephine Cavanaugh". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Christine Cavanaugh, Voice Behind Babe, Chuckie on Rugrats, Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory, Dies at 51". US Magazine. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.ldsfilm.com/lds_tv.html
  5. ^ Moret, Jim (August 7, 1995). "'Babe' the pig really sizzles". CNN Showbiz News (CNN). Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (December 18, 2001). "A Voice Actor Speaks for Herself". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Christine Cavanaugh dies at 51; actress gave voice to 'Babe,' others". Los Angeles Times. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Rugrats' Chuckie, Dead at 51". TVLine. December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 

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