May 19, 1936 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||New York City, New York, United States|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, narrator, spokesperson|
|Years active||1948 - Present|
Corinne Orr (born May 19, 1936) is a Canadian-born American stage, radio, film and television actress, voice artist and narrator, currently living in the United States. She is arguably best known for her work on the English version of the anime series Speed Racer.
Orr became involved in children's theatre beginning at the age of 10 (with her first role being in Alice in Wonderland), after she began taking elocution lessons to due to her French accent, and started to develop her repetroire of voices. By the age of 14, she was working at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), as well as acting in stage theaters at the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal and the Crest Theatre in Toronto, working for the Montreal Shakespearian Company and alongside such notables as William Shatner. With her solid background on the stage, Orr was hired by CBC Radio for roles in their radio dramas such as Laura Limited. She then moved to CBC Television to portray the character of Suzie the Mouse in the children's soap opera Chez Helene, a bilingual program devoted to teaching children English and French.
Following her move to New York City, Orr began working regularly on radio and television, and as a voice artist, having been credited over 200 voice-over roles. One of her first jobs was a continuing role in the daytime soap opera The Nurses; other included voice acting roles in several CBS Radio Adventure Theater and CBS Radio Mystery Theater programs. She also began her lucrative career as spokesperson for a variety of companies in a wide range of radio and television commercials. In addition to commercials, Orr has narrated children's stories, provided voices for several dolls, and recorded numerous audiobooks. She was the voice of the Snuggle bear for 15 years, read Aliki Brandenberg's Mummies Made in Egypt for the PBS series Reading Rainbow, and participated in a special re-dubbing of an episode of Late Night with David Letterman. Orr's work as a voice actress included dubbing foreign films (including anime films) and series into English. Her television credits include the English versions of several 1960s-1990s Japanese series such as Marine Boy, where she voiced both male and female leads. Later, she has also worked on American cartoon series such as The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers and Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, as well as direct-to-video animated films. She was the voice of the Snuggle Bear in the fabric softener commercials.
She remains best known for her work on the English dubbed version of the 1960s anime Speed Racer, where she portrayed Speed's girlfriend Trixie and all of the female characters, as well as the voice of Speed's kid brother Spritle, who had a raspy voice, and which became a hit and a cult title in the United States. Following the release of the compilation film Speed Racer: The Movie, together with a fellow voice actor on the show, Peter Fernandez, she went on Children's Safety Network-sponsored tours around the country with the Mach 5 car in order to promote their campaign for children's safety. Her voice can be also heard in the 2008 Speed Racer live-action film. After the death of Fernandez in 2010, she became the last surviving English-language cast member of Speed Racer.
Orr judged the Daytime Emmy Awards for 18 years and served on the Screen Actors Guild council for 13 years. She has appeared as a guest of honor at numerous entertainment conventions (often with Fernandez, with whom she has worked together in most of her voice acting roles), including Friends of Old Time Radio, The Hollywood Show, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Zentrancon, Zenkaikon, Anime North, New York Anime Festival, and New York Comic Con. She was featured in Paley Archive's Women in Film series, Anthony Wynn's book Conversations at Warp Speed, and the documentary film Otaku Unite!. She also participated in many charity activities, such as a Pygmalion play where all the money went to a charity, volunteer work at New York hospital, teaching voice-over courses and reading to the homeless.
- Enchanted Journey - Nono
- For Those I Loved
- Gammera the Invincible
- Gamera vs. Jiger
- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster - female voices
- Grave of the Fireflies - Setsuko (credited as Rhoda Chrosite) (CPM dub)
- Jack and the Beanstalk - Princess Margaret / Madame Hecuba
- Jack and the Witch - Allegra
- Kai Doh Maru - Oni-hime
- The Little Norse Prince
- Otaku Unite! - herself
- Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter - Swee'Pea / Olive Oyl / Blondie Bumstead / Cookie Bumstead / Lois Flagston / Dot Flagston / Ditto Flagston / Dale Arden / other voices
- Reading Rainbow - herself
- Speed Racer (2008) - Grand Prix female announcer
- Speed Racer: The Movie - Trixie / Spritle / Mom Racer
- Twelve Months - Anja
- Unico in the Island of Magic - Toby
- The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots - Princess Rose
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
- The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers - Queen of the Crown / Ingrid Arroyo / Kiwi Kids / additional voices
- The Amazing 3 - Bonnie
- The Flying House - Salome
- Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero - Zena / Rhom
- Marine Boy - Marine Boy / Neptina / Clicli / all female characters
- PB&J Otter - Wanda Raccoon / Shirley Duck / Georgina Snooty
- Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders - Lady Kale (Queen Kale) / Queen Anya
- Samurai Jack
- Sesame Street - various voices
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast
- Speed Racer - Trixie Fontaine / Spritle Racer / Mom Racer / additional voices
- Stanley - Grandma Griff
- Star Blazers - Queen Mariposa / Nova (third season)
- Taco & Paco
- Ultraman Tiga
- The World of Hans Christian Andersen - Elisa / Kitty Kat / Match Girl
- John Lentini, on YouTube, Anime on Location.
- Toon Zone News Interviews Peter Fernandez & Corinne Orr About "Speed Racer", Toon Zone, December 25, 2007.
- John C. Snider, Go, Go, Go Speed Racer! Interviews with Peter Fernandez & Corinne Orr, www.scifidimensions.com.
- Corinne Orr, Anime North official website.
- Corinne Orr Does Voices Galore, The Ottawa Journal, August 30, 1968.
- Old Show, New Voices in Bizarre 'Late Night', The News and Courier, September 30, 1986.
- Earl Wilson Reports, Daytona Beach Morning Journal, September 7, 1968.
- 'Speed Racer': Corinne Orr, USATODAY.com, January 21, 2005.
- Gina Misiroglu, The Superhero Book, p.449.
- Louis R. Carlozo, Nostalgia for 'Racer' more than kid stuff, Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2008.
- 'Speed Racer' voice Peter Fernandez dies at 83, msnbc.com, July 16, 2010.
- Valerie J. Nelson, Peter Fernandez dies at 83; helped bring Japanese animation to American audiences, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2010.
- Peter Fernandez & Corinne Orr (BSS #164), The Bat Segundo Show, December 20, 2007.
- Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy, The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, p.709.
- Corinne Orr to Make Rare Live Appearance, SciFi Japan.
- Corinne Orr Dinner Contest, Zentrancon 2005 official website.
- About Zenkaikon, Zenkaikon 2014 official website.
- New York Anime Festival Reveals First Guests of Honor on New Official Website, Anime News Network, June 21, 2007.
- NYCC 2010 GUESTS, New York Comic Con official website.
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