Cavanaugh at the 68th Academy Awards in 1996
Christine Josephine Sandberg|
August 16, 1963
Layton, Utah, U.S.
December 22, 2014 (aged 51)|
Cedar City, Utah, U.S.
|Education||Layton High School|
Utah State University|
University of Hawaii
|Occupation||Voice actress, actress|
Kevin James Cavanaugh
(m. 1985; div. 1985)
Deionn Masock (sister)|
Steven Sandberg (brother)
Jesse Sharky (brother)
Ann Marie Ruttenbur (sister)
Leigh M. Clark (sister)
Kirtis Johnson (brother)
Catherine Sharky (sister)
Stanley Sandberg (brother)
Christine Josephine Cavanaugh (née Sandberg; August 16, 1963 – December 22, 2014) was an American actress who had a distinctive speaking style and provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She starred as the voice of Bunnie Rabbot from the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday-morning cartoon on ABC, Babe from the 1995 film of the same name, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and served as the original voices of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's Rugrats and the title character in Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory. In 2001, she retired from acting. Cavanaugh died on December 22, 2014 at the age of 51.
Early life and education
Christine Josephine Sandberg was born on August 16, 1963, in Layton, Utah, to Waldo Eugene Sandberg and Rheta Mason. 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, and divorced later that same year. However, she kept his surname as her professional name upon becoming an actress. Cavanaugh was a Mormon.
In 1991, Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character's adopted daughter on Disney's Darkwing Duck as well as Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats, and later in 1994, 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 against it due to personal matters, so the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, the voice of Tommy Pickles. Also in 1995, Cavanaugh started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter on 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.
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 retired from voice acting in 2001, wanting 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.
On December 22, 2014, Cavanaugh died at her home in Cedar City, Utah, from undisclosed causes. She was 51 years old. Actors Bill Farmer, Jim Cummings, E.G. Daily, Tara Strong, and Grey DeLisle tweeted farewell messages to her as tribute.
|1988||David and the Magic Pearl||David|
|1989-2001||The Simpsons||Additional voices (uncredited)|
|1991–1992||Darkwing Duck||Gosalyn Mallard|
|1991–2002||Rugrats||Chuckie Finster/Chuckie's Guardian Angel||Played Chuckie for the first 7 seasons and a few early episodes of season 8. Nancy Cartwright (her co-star in The Critic) replaced her for the rest of the series and the Rugrats spin-off, All Grown Up!.|
|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|
|1995||Babe||Babe||She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it due to personal matters, so the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, the voice of Tommy Pickles.|
|1995–2002||Dexter's Laboratory||Dexter||Played in seasons 1, 2, and only a few early season 3 episodes, Candi Milo played the rest of the series.|
|1995-1997||Sing Me a Story with Belle||Carroll the Book Worm|
|1995-1997||The New Adventures of Sheldon||Sheldon|
|1996||P.J. Funnybunny: A Very Cool Easter||Ritchie Raccoon||credited as Chris Cavanaugh|
|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||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Dumpling, Wizzer|
|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-tailed Macaque|
|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|
|2003||The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: The Legend of McDonaldland Loch||Birdie||Direct-to-video film; final film role|
|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"|
|1993||Frasier||Fast Food Worker (Uncredited)||Episode # 1.10: "Oops"|
|1995||Down, Out & Dangerous||Leslie McCoy||TV film|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Mrs. Remo||Credited as Christina Cavanaugh|
|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"|
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