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August 16, 1963 |
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, 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 personal reasons.
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 passed away when Cavanaugh was 15. 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.
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. 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).
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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|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"|
|Down, Out & Dangerous||Leslie McCoy||TV film|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Mrs. Remo||Credited as Christina Cavanaugh|
|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"|
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- Moret, Jim (August 7, 1995). "'Babe' the pig really sizzles". CNN Showbiz News (CNN). Retrieved 2011-06-02.
- Goldstein, Patrick (December 18, 2001). "A Voice Actor Speaks for Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
- "28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-05-31.